PINEHURST, N.C. — Richard Joshua Reynolds III, a grandson and the namesake of the tobacco company's founder, is dead at age 60.
His half-brother, anti-smoking activist Patrick Reynolds, said the namesake Reynolds died of emphysema and congestive heart failure caused by smoking. R. J. Reynolds III died June 28 in Pinehurst.
A spokeswoman for R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Peggy Carter, said the company had no comment. It is the nation's second-largest tobacco company.
No family member has served on the company's board of directors since the 1930s.
R. J. Reynolds III founded Full Sky Publishing, a company dedicated to publishing work by young writers, and produced the film "Siddhartha," based on a Herman Hesse novel.