Richard Levick
Richard S. Levick

LEVICK CEO Richard S. Levick passed away April 11, due to cancer, his firm today announced. He was 65.

He founded the firm in 1998, and it was a shaping force on the practice of crisis and litigation communications and reputation management. The firm has handled the media on such matters as the 2000 Florida election recount, the Catholic Church during its sex-abuse scandals, and prisoner detentions at Guantanamo.

In a statement, the firm's leadership team noted that Levick's impact on the world of communications will be felt for years to come:

"We have lost a great man, an inspiring mentor, a pioneering leader, and a true friend to many of us in this business. We will miss Richard deeply, but his legacy will live on through the work that we do every day, the people who were made better for having known him, and the countless reputations that were saved because of him."

The firm plans to host a celebration of his life with details to be announced.