Mark Weinstein, his son, told The New York Times he had been ill for some time. Harvey Weinstein died May 13 in Manhattan.
Harvey Weinstein -- then chairman of Lord West Formal Wear, the company his father founded -- was abducted as he ate breakfast in a Queens, N.Y., diner. His kidnappers kept him buried in a pit near the Henry Hudson Parkway in upper Manhattan while they negotiated a ransom payment.
Police detectives dug him out after one of the kidnappers was followed after picking up $3 million. The man, Fermin Rodriguez, turned out to be a former Lord West employee.
"Thank God you're here, and I'd like to have a cigarette," were Weinstein's first words on his release.
Weinstein later told his sons that his experience as a Marine during World War II -- including serving as a gunner on Iwo Jima -- helped him survive the ordeal.
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