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Philanthropist and businessman Bill Wright dies

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - NEWSCHANNEL 3 has confirmed Bill Wright has died in Florida. Wright founded the Wright for Kids organization and is the former face for the Seelye Automotive Group.

Wright was known as an ambassador for abused and neglected children, starting Wright for Kids and raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Community Healing Centers.

In a statement released Saturday night, Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell writes; "Bill has been a great friend of mine and to the community. Its a sad moment. He'll be greatly missed. He was a great friend and mentor who cared about the city and kids, and you can see that through all of his work. He leaves a big hole in this city."

We are working to confirm details about how Wright died. Stay with NEWSCHANNEL 3 for updates as more information comes in.