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Forrest Mars Jr., who shaped global candy empire, dies at 84

Forrest E. Mars Jr., who helped shape Mars Inc. into a multi-billion dollar confectionary empire with beloved brands such as M&M's and Snickers bars, has died. He was 84.

The retired Mars co-president died Tuesday in Seattle of complications following a heart attack, the company said. He was living in Sheridan, Wyoming, at the time of his death.

With his brother and sister in 1973, Mars inherited the company from their father Forrest E. Mars Sr. Their grandfather started the company more than a century ago, making and selling butter cream candy from his kitchen in Tacoma, Washington.

From the time Mars became co-president with his brother John in 1975 and until...