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Auto Legend Carroll Shelby

Dead at 89

5/11/2012 1:15 PM PDT UPDATED: 5/11/2012 1:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Carroll Shelby has died
Legendary car designer and racing driver Carroll Shelby has died.

Shelby is known for introducing the Shelby AC Cobra to the United States in the 1960s -- combining an English sports car chassis with an American Mustang engine.

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A rep for Shelby's company Carroll Shelby International says Shelby died today at a Dallas hospital. He had received a heart transplant in 1990 and a kidney transplant in 1996.

As a driver -- Shelby first gained fame by winning France's arduous 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1959.

He was 89.

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