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Bob Evans Farms (BOBE) Chairman Robert E.H. Rabold, died unexpectedly Monday of a heart attack, the family-restaurant operator said Tuesday.

He was 67.

"We are terribly saddened by the loss of Bob," said Steve Davis, chief executive officer. "On a personal note, Bob has been a great mentor and friend to me, and he was very involved in me joining the company earlier this year ... I will personally miss him. Our condolences go out to the Rabold family."

Rabold served on the board since 1994 and was named the first non-executive chairman in 2005. Rabold retired as chairman of Columbus-based

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in 2001.

Bob Evans' board will meet as soon as possible in a special session to appoint Rabold's successor as chairman.

Shares of Bob Evans were recently off 7 cents to $30.08.