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LKQ founder Donald Flynn dies

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Oct. 11, 2011—Donald Flynn, founder of LKQ Corporation and chairman of its board of directors, died Oct. 10, according to a statement from the company. He was 72.

Flynn's death was unexpected and the cause is unknown, said Joseph Boutross, director of investor relations for LKQ Corporation. Joseph Holsten, vice chairman and co-CEO of the company, has assumed the role of acting chairman until the board of directors elects a permanent replacement.

"We are saddened by the loss of a great leader and friend to so many,” Holsten said. “Don's vision and leadership were key to the amazing growth LKQ has witnessed since 1998, the year the Company was founded. The Company and our shareholders owe Don a debt of gratitude for his dedication to LKQ. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends."

Based in Chicago, LKQ Corporation is the largest nationwide provider of aftermarket and recycled collision replacement parts and refurbished collision replacement products. The company operates more than 430 facilities throughout the U.S., United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico and Central America. For more information on the company, go to

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