BOSTON — Michael J. Kittredge II, known for the empire of scents he founded with Yankee Candle, has died, WTIC reports.
Kittredge was 67 when he died Wednesday following a brief battle with illness.
He started the Yankee Candle Company out of his home in 1969.
Kittredge survived cancer twice as well as a 2012 stroke, according to WTIC.
In 2010, he helped his son, Michael III, in founding the Kringle Candle Company, as well as the Farm Table Restaurant in Bernardston, Massachusetts.