The founder and chairman of Pulse Investments, Kingsley Cooper, is dead.

Cooper reportedly died in the United States on Tuesday evening. He was 71.

It’s understood that Cooper, died as a result of complications from a ruptured appendix.

Kingsley Cooper, an attorney-at-law by training, founded Pulse in 1980 alongside fellow attorney Hilary Phillips.

The brand grew to become the biggest and most prestigious modelling agency in the Caribbean and achieved sustained international success over the years.

Cooper, who was awarded the Order of Distinction, Commander Class in 2007, was mentored in business by Donald Harris, the father of US Vice President, Kamala Harris.