Micron CEO killed in plane crash

There's all kinds of industry news—exciting, provocative, shocking... boring. And then there's the kind of news that makes you wish things had played out differently.

This morning, Micron CEO Steve Appleton died in a "small plane accident" in Boise, Idaho. He was only 51 years old.

According to Reuters, Appleton was "an avid pilot who flew in airshows and was also an offroad car racer." He joined Micron in 1983 working the night shift, and he rose to the role of CEO in 1994. At age 34, he was the youngest CEO in the Fortune 500 list.

Our thoughts go out to his colleagues, friends, and loved ones.

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