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Ray Dolby, an American inventor and audio pioneer who founded Dolby Laboratories, has died at the age of 80.

The company said on Thursday that Dolby died in his home at San Francisco. He had been living with Alzheimer’s disease for several years and was diagnosed with acute leukemia.

Dolby founded his namesake company in 1965 and grew it into an industry leader in audio technology.

His work in noise reduction and surround sound led to the creation of a number of technologies that are still used in music, movies and entertainment today.

“Today we lost a friend, mentor and true visionary,” Kevin Yeaman, President and CEO of Dolby Laboratories, said.

Yeaman said that Dolby invented an entire industry around being able to deliver a sound experience.

His work spanned helping to reduce the hiss in cassette recordings to bringing “Star Wars” to life on the big screen in Dolby Stereo.

Dolby held 50 US patents and won a number of notable awards for his life’s work, including several Emmys, two Oscars and a Grammy. (PTI)

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