GENEVA — Zino Davidoff, the flamboyant Jewish emigre who made Havana cigars world famous, has died at the age of 87.
He died Friday, according to the Swiss newspaper Journal de Geneve, which said Sunday that his family had given them an obituary to publish today.
Davidoff, a longtime cigar connoisseur, was widely known as "King of the Cigars." His philosophy was "smoke less but better."
He said in a newspaper interview in 1991 that for him a good cigar was a "moment of pure dreaming."
He regularly took on the medical profession, arguing that good cigars in moderation were not harmful.
The son of a cigar merchant, Davidoff was born in 1906 in Kiev, which is now the Ukrainian capital. His family left the country in 1911 for Switzerland.
According to a company biography, one of the first customers at the family's new shop in Geneva was Vladimir Lenin, who spent seven years in Switzerland before returning to Russia in 1917 to lead the Communist revolution.