Bernard J. Tyson, chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente, died unexpectedly in his sleep on Sunday at the age of 60. The cause of death was not immediately known. The not-for-profit health insurer announced in a statement.
Tyson, was Kaiser Permanente’s first black chief executive since 2013 and chairman since 2014 after a more than 30-year career with the the health care giant.
He was a strong advocate for affordable and accessible healthcare, racial justice and workplace diversity. In 2017, Time magazine named him to its annual list of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” and its list of 50 top leaders in healthcare in 2018.
“An outstanding leader, visionary and champion for high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans, Bernard was a tireless advocate for Kaiser Permanente, our members and the communities we serve,” the company said in a statement Sunday.
The California-based company, Kaiser Permanente is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit health plans, serving 12.3 million people get care and coverage in eight states. Executive Vice President and Group President Gregory Adams named as interim chairman and CEO with immediate effect. According to the statement.