Corey Rudl, one of the true internet marketing pioneers, died on June 2, 2005 in a car crash. According to the San Diego Union Tribune,

“…the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT went out of control, left the inside track and careered onto the grass, hit a barrier and caught fire at 10:40 a.m. Thursday, San Bernardino County officials said. The passenger, Corey Nicholas Rudl, 34, died at the scene. The driver, Benjamin Miles Keaton, 39, was airlifted to Loma Linda University Hospital, where he died about an hour later, according to the county coroner's office. The La Jolla men were not burned but died of crash injuries, Supervising Deputy Coroner Randy Emon said. Both men were wearing helmets and safety belts but the car was doing more than 100 mph when it crashed, authorities said.”

Many online forums have set up message threads on the subject, where members have been posting their condolences. Brett Tabke’s WebmasterWorld has a very active thread, with a lot of members offering condolences.

The SEO Blog reports that “Corey was credited with creating enormous wealth through lengthy action-orientated website marketing pitches. His writing style has been studied, copied and used by literally millions of other webmasters over the years. The Internet Marketing Center generated over $7.5M in revenues last year and Corey often claimed to have made over $40M worth of Internet sales in the course of his decade long career.”

According to Corey Rudl’s corporate bio, "Corey Rudl is the founder and President of the Internet Marketing Center and A world-renowned Internet marketing expert, Corey is a successful author and speaker, as well as a leading e-business strategist and software producer.

A pioneer of e-commerce on the Internet, Corey started his first online business in 1994 with just $25 in start-up capital. He successfully turned that small investment into a multi-million-dollar business by effectively pioneering results-driven Internet marketing strategies.

Attracted by his evident success, business owners in great numbers began seeking Corey out to learn more about his philosophies and the methods he created. In response to this demand, Corey founded the Internet Marketing Center, which is now a multi-million-dollar corporation that shares its Internet marketing strategies and software solutions with countless entrepreneurs and businesses worldwide."

Corey Rudl was 34 years old.

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June 3, 2005

Bill Hartzer currently runs a Strategic Online Marketing Consultancy that includes services such as search engine optimization, social media marketing, and online reputation management.

Bill Hartzer formerly managed the Search Engine Marketing division of Vizion Interactive and MarketNet, leading interactive marketing and website design firms in the Dallas, Texas area.

Hartzer is a successful writer, blogger, search engine marketing, and social media marketing expert. During the past fifteen years, some of his many accomplishments include: Search Engine Marketing Manager, Vizion Interactive, Search Engine Marketing Manager, MarketNet, Search Engine Optimization Strategist, Intec Telecom Systems PLC, Webmaster, Intec Telecom Systems PLC, Founder, Dallas/Fort Worth Search Engine Marketing Association, Owner/Author, Corporate Web Site Marketing, Administrator, Search Engine Forums, Frequent Speaker, Search Engine Strategies Conferences, Frequent Speaker, WebmasterWorld's PubCon Search Engine and Internet Marketing Conference.

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