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James Winner, who marketed the Club, dies at 81 [Updated]

September 15, 2010 | 11:45 am

James Winner, who marketed a steering-wheel lock known as the Club after his car was stolen in the 1980s, died Tuesday in a head-on collision in western Pennsylvania. He was 81.

Police said the crash near Clarion, Pa., also took the lives of two people who were in a car that collided with Winner's sport utility vehicle.

Winner International has sold more than 10 million of the anti-theft devices. Winner was also known in western Pennsylvania for his philanthropy and investment in the community.

-- Associated Press

[Updated 4:50 p.m.: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said Winner invented the Club.]