Kaiser Permanente Chairman and CEO Bernard Tyson died Sunday unexpectedly in his sleep, the integrated health system said.
Tyson, who led Kaiser since 2013, was one of the most prominent healthcare executives and a leader of healthcare reform.
“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 health system said in a statement.
Tyson appeared Saturday at the AfroTech conference, speaking about how to build a better future, a topic he was passionate about.
Other healthcare organizations and leaders expressed their condolences on Sunday after the news broke.
“His passion for helping people … his strong desire to serve … his dedication every day to making people healthier and communities stronger … his towering eminence as a leader,” AHIP’s board of directors said in a statement. “He epitomized what we should all strive to deliver. To Bernard’s family, we want to express our deepest sympathies.
Kaiser immediately named its executive vice president and group president Gregory A. Adams as interim chairman and CEO.