Maine news

He was known as the "bee man" and the "buccaneer of buzz." But Burt Shavitz, who died over the weekend in Bangor at the age of 80, is most famous for being the face of Burt's Bees, the natural personal care products line he co-founded with Roxanne Quimby back in the 1980s in the back of a pickup truck in Guilford, Maine.

By Johanna S. Billings, Bangor Daily News

CALAIS, Maine — The father of the man who died in a fireworks accident here on July 4 said the circumstances of the death have been misrepresented.

Reached Monday morning, Russ Staples said his son Devon Staples had been holding the fireworks mortar tube on his head as a joke, thinking that it was a dud and could not ignite.

Nora Flaherty / MPBN

PORTLAND, Maine — The names of the 47 victims of the Lac-Megantic, Quebec, oil train explosion two years ago were read Monday afternoon at a remembrance here in Monument Square.

Burt Shavitz, the Burt behind Burt's Bees who co-founded the natural cosmetics company, died Sunday. He was 80.

A spokeswoman for Burt's Bees said in an emailed statement Shavtiz died of respiratory complications in Bangor, Maine, surrounded by family and friends.

Shavitz is known for being a character from the backwoods of Maine, but he grew up around New York, served in the Army in Germany and shot photos for Time-Life before leaving the city.

WARREN, Maine — An official says an inmate convicted in a 1990 murder has died at the Maine State Prison in Warren.

Deputy Commissioner Jody Breton said in a news release that 63-year-old Willard Eastman died at the prison Sunday afternoon.

The state police and medical examiner's office are investigating the death.

Breton did not return messages seeking further details.