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Originally published Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 10:40 AM

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Tire company heir Anne Firestone Ball dies at 79

Tire company heir and philanthropist Anne Firestone Ball has died from injuries she suffered during a fire in her Connecticut home. She was 79.

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GREENWICH, Conn. —

Tire company heir and philanthropist Anne Firestone Ball has died from injuries she suffered during a fire in her Connecticut home. She was 79.

Ball's son, John Ball Jr., said Wednesday that his mother died Friday at Bridgeport Hospital from complications after surgery for injuries she sustained in a kitchen fire in her Greenwich home April 4.

Anne Firestone Ball's grandfather was Harvey Firestone, who founded The Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. in Akron, Ohio, in 1900.

She was born in Akron in 1933. She graduated from Miss Porter's School in Farmington, Conn., and from Vassar College.

Relatives say she was a longtime philanthropist and community volunteer in Greenwich.

She's survived by her husband, two sons, one daughter and eight grandchildren.

Her funeral is scheduled for Saturday in Greenwich.

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