Well-regarded author and motivational speaker Zig Ziglar died on Wednesday at the age of 86, his office announced.
Ziglar was author of more than two dozen books and was considered by many marketers to be the nation's authority on salesmanship. His motivational speaking tour has played before sold out arenas around the world. He made numerous visits to southeast Texas in the past.
His office said he died early Wednesday following a short bout with pneumonia.