PARIS — Kilian Hennessy, patriarch of the eponymous cognac house, died on Oct. 1. He was 103.

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The official cause of death could not immediately be learned.

Hennessy was the fifth generation of the family stemming from Irishman Richard Hennessy, who founded the famous cognac brand in 1765.

Hennessy spearheaded his company’s merger with the Moët & Chandon Champagne house in 1971. Moët-Hennessy in 1987 became part of LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton.

Hennessy served on LVMH’s board until his death.

He is survived by a son and daughter, plus several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

A funeral will be held for him in Paris on Thursday and in Cognac, France, on Friday.

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