Gaston Glock, an Australian engineer and inventor of the ubiquitous gun bearing his name is dead.
He died on Wednesday at the age of 94.
The Glock company announced his death on its website, without giving a cause or other details.
The Glock is universal in mainstream culture, from use in over 65% of US federal, state and local agencies, according to the company, to a staple reference in media, movies, books and songs.
Glock had his start in Austria as an engineer. He founded the Glock company in 1963, according to the company’s website. He had limited experience with guns, inventing the pistol in a metalworking shop in his garage where he manufactured knives and curtain rods.