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Former Clemson player, Fruit of the Loom CEO passes away

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Rick Medlin, Fruit of the Loom President and CEO (SOURCE: Business Wire) Rick Medlin, Fruit of the Loom President and CEO (SOURCE: Business Wire)
CLEMSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

South Carolina native and notable businessman Rick Medlin passed away on Sunday.

Medlin, a former Clemson University football player, died due to natural causes at his South Carolina home. He attended Clemson on a football scholarship and earned a Master's Degree in education.

He joined Kentucky-based apparel company Fruit of the Loom in August 2010 as president and CEO. In 2014 he was recognized by the National Safety Council for his dedication to employee safety education and factory inspections.

"Rick was a special leader and a special person. He was extremely proud of the progress and success we have shared in the last 6 years,” said the Fruit of the Loom leadership team. “We owe it to his legacy and honor to continue taking this company forward in accordance with his vision. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Medlin family at this time of loss.”

An interim CEO has not yet been named, but the company said it will be announced in the coming days.

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