Tabasco CEO dies of heart attack

Wwltv in New Orleans is reporting Paul C.P. McIlhenny, the chairman of the board and chief executive of the family-run company that produces the world-famous Tabasco brand pepper sauce, died Saturday of an apparent heart attack. He was 68.

He was the sixth in a chain of direct descendants to run the company, created on Avery Island in southwest Louisiana in the 1860s.  As chief executive since 1998, McIlhenny expanded the already-successful company's reach worldwide.

Tabasco products are now sold in more than 165 countries and marketed in 22 different languages.