Subway founder Fred DeLuca

Subway founder Fred DeLuca

Subway founder Fred DeLuca dies

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Fred DeLuca, who founded a small sandwich shop as a teenager that became Subway, the world’s largest restaurant chain, has died, the company said Tuesday. He was 67.

DeLuca fell ill in 2013, while traveling to visit franchisees, and was diagnosed with leukemia. He remained active with Subway, but in recent months ceded more control to his sister, Suzanne Greco, who earlier this year was named company president, in charge of daily operations.

DeLuca also became a leader

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