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BALTIMORE (AP) — African-American business community leader and former Parks Sausage Co. chief executive officer Raymond V. Haysbert Sr. has died at age 90.

Haysbert, who led Parks, the first black-owned business to go public in 1969, and the Baltimore Urban League, died Monday at Union Memorial Hospital.

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Reginald Haysbert says his father survived several health scares over the years, including a collapse at a 1999 political fundraiser after suffering one of at least three heart attacks.

Former Baltimore congressman and head of the national¬†NAACP Kweisi Mfume says Haysbert was “synonymous with the struggle for entrepreneurship among African Americans at a time when it wasn’t very popular.”

Haysbert was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and served as a fighter pilot in Africa and Italy with the Tuskeegee Airmen before settling in Baltimore.

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