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 |  Apr 05 2012, 1:43 PM

The designer of the famed Porsche 911 model has sadly passed away today at the age of 76. Ferdinand Alexander Porsche was the oldest son of Ferry Porsche and the news comes as the German automaker debuts its Boxster and Cayenne Diesel at the New York Auto Show.

“We mourn the death of Ferdinand Alexander Porsche. As creator of the Porsche 911 he founded a design company in our culture that shapes our sports cars today. His philosophy of good design is for us a legacy that we will continue to do with honor,” Porsche said.

Born on December 11th, 1935, Ferdinand was nicknamed “Butzi” by his family and his passion for design started at a very young age. He started working at Porsche in 1958 and became the head of Porsche’s design department in 1962. One year later, he designed the replacement for the iconic 356 sports car that his father had designed over a decade earlier.

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