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Vans co-founder dies at 90 Paul Van Doren, the co-founder of sneakers company Vans, has died at age 90. The company announced his death in a tweet on May 7. “It’s with a heavy heart that Vans announces the passing of our co-founder, Paul Van Doren. Paul was not just an entrepreneur, he was an innovator,” the company wrote. Van Doren started Vans with his brother James Van Doren and business partners Gordon Lee and Serge Delia in Anaheim, California in 1966 and led the company at various ti