Ferdinand Piëch, former chairman of the car manufacturer Volkswagen, died at the age of 82, reports the German newspaper BILD on Monday.
Under Piëch, Volkswagen grew from a regional car factory into a famous international car brand. The German died in Rosenheim, a city in the state of Bavaria.
Piëch was the grandson of Ferdinand Porsche, who was at the cradle of Porsche and Volkswagen. The car brand is owned by the Porsche and Piëch family.
Nowadays the car brands Seat, Skoda, Bentley, Audi, Ducati, Lamborghini and Bugatti and the truck brands MAN and Scania also fall under the Volkswagen Group.
Piëch under fire during diesel scandal
In 2017, Piëch refused to testify in an investigation into the possible role of the German government in the diesel scandal.
He also came under fire after he declared via tabloid BILD that members of the Volkswagen supervisory board had previously been aware of the diesel scandal at the company.