Businessman who helped start Southwest dies

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Updated: 6/27 3:52 pm

DALLAS (AP) — Rollin King, a San Antonio businessman who helped start Southwest Airlines more than 40 years ago, and create a new age of competition in the airline industry, has died at the age of 83.

King died Thursday in Dallas of the effects from a major stroke about a year ago, his son, Edward King, told The Associated Press.

Longtime Southwest CEO Herb Kelleher praised King for coming up with the idea of a discount airline that would serve Texas travelers. 

Kelleher said in a statement issued by Southwest on Friday that King's idea for a low-cost, low-fare airline with quality service spread became a model not only in the U.S. but worldwide.

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