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Reclusive billionaire Howard Hughes dies in Houston 40 years ago this hour (Apr 5 1976)

Video: 'The Secret History: Howard Hughes, Bizarre Billionaire'

(Monday, April 5, 1976, 1:27 p.m. CST) — American business tycoon, entrepreneur, investor, aviator, aerospace engineer, inventor, filmmaker and philanthropist Howard Hughes, 70, died today of kidney failure on board an aircraft en route from his penthouse at the Acapulco Fairmont Princess Hotel in Mexico to the Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas (other accounts indicate that he died in the flight from Freeport, Grand Bahama, to Houston).