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Jackson of Kendall-Jackson Wine -- Dead at 81

4/21/2011 9:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jess Jackson--the founder of the Kendall-Jackson wine empire--has died at 81. 

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Jess had reportedly been battling cancer for several years.

Jackson created the wine label in the '70s with his first wife ... but it didn't become popular until the release of their 1982 Chardonnay.

Today, you might wanna pour some out for the guy ...

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anon.    

RIP

1289 days ago
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sweetdee88    

sounds like an excuse to pick up a bottle; i think i shall...

1289 days ago
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Gatanegra    

Definitely pouring one out for him.

1289 days ago
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fifi    

He was hated in the wine community. He sued threatened everyone at the drop of a hat. And he hooked up with some chick young enough to be his granddaughter & bred when he was like 60! Nice thing to do to kids. He was a jerk.

1289 days ago

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