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State Reacts To Death Of Alltech Founder

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)-- Alltech announced that their founder and president, Dr. Pearse Lyons, died on Thursday. He was 73.

They say he had an acute lung condition that developed during his recovery from heart surgery.

Officials across the state reacted to his passing and shared their condolences. 

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell:

Elaine and I were deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our friend, Dr. Pearse Lyons. Pearse will be remembered for his many accomplishments - as a scientist and innovator, as a businessman and philanthropist, and as husband and father. In each of these, he excelled.

Pearse and Deirdre founded Alltech in 1980 with an ambitious goal: they wanted to help farmers feed the world. Throughout his life, Pearse continued to set ambitious goals, and in so many he found great success.

For the Lyons family, Kentucky is an adoptive home, and I think I can speak on behalf of all Kentuckians when I say that we’re glad he chose to build his life and his businesses here. Elaine and I send our sincere condolences to Deirdre, their children Mark and Aoife, and all who knew and loved Pearse. He will surely be missed.

Rupp Arena:

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles: 

Former Secretary of State Bob Babbage:

House Democratic Leader Rocky Adkins:

University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto:

The University of Kentucky, our alumni, and our friends are saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Pearse Lyons. Dr. Lyons was a compassionate and committed community leader and global entrepreneur who founded Alltech and established it as a powerful brand and industry leader. He was a philanthropist, ardent supporter of the University, and deeply committed patron of the arts. Most notably, his support of UK Opera Theatre brought artistic expression and music performance to the community, and students supported by his generosity have shared their remarkable talent with audiences across the world. We are enriched by the legacy he leaves to our campus and community, and the UK family offers its condolences to Deirdre and the entire Lyons family at this time.

The Kentucky Horse Park:

The Kentucky Horse Park extends its deepest sympathy to the Lyons family upon the passing of our good friend, Dr. Pearse Lyons. The vision and support of Dr. Lyons and his wife, Deirdre, enabled the Kentucky Horse Park to host the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. The Alltech Arena, at the Kentucky Horse Park, is one of the nation's premiere equine event facilities. Both are legacies of his support. Dr. Lyons' energy, enthusiasm and belief that anything is possible will continue to be an inspiration to all of us.

Kentucky Chamber President and CEO Dave Adkisson:

We’ve lost an energetic genius who inspired countless people around him. He created an international enterprise from his base in Kentucky and our state will forever reap the benefits. He was a personal friend who will be sorely missed.

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