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Dave Thomas is the founder of the hamburger chain Wendy's and was their TV spokesman starting in 1989.
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Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas found enormous success with his fast food chain, despite coming from humble beginnings.
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In December 1996, the portly Thomas had quadruple bypass surgery. Though he soon returned to his busy schedule of making commercials, he began undergoing kidney dialysis in early 2001. On January 8, 2002, Thomas died of liver cancer at his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at the age of 69.
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