Paul "Red" Adiar has died of natural causes at 89
In 1959 he founded the Red Adair company in 1959, which specialized in fighting oil well fires. During his career which lasted until 1994 it is estimated that he fought over 2000 buring oil wells. At 76 he was in Kuwait capping wells that the Iraqi's had lit off after their embarrassing rout in the first gulf war.
In 1968 he was loosly portrayed by John Wayne in the movie, "Hellfighters" a nickname he had earned fighting oil well fighters.
[Edited 2004-08-08 12:47:00]