Retired industrialist dies from injury sustained in fall, agents say

A U.S. industrialist died Sunday evening from a fall and not because his dog attacked him, judicial agents said.

A close friend identified the dead man as 71-year-old Kenneth McClain. He lived in Matapalo near Quepos.

McClain was the developer of McClain Industries, Inc., a publicly traded firm in Sterling Heights, Michigan, near Detroit.

His friend, Raymond Elliott, said that McClain recently lost a lot of weight and was weaker than normal so when his  doberman, Lex, jumped to greet him Sunday, McClain fell backwards and hit his head, Elliott said.

Spanish-language newspapers incorrectly reported that McClain had been attacked by his dogs. A second animal, a rottweiler, was chained up elsewhere, said Elliott.

McClain “immensely loved the dogs, and the dogs loved him,” said Elliott.” McClain had been in Costa Rica for eight years and had traveled back and forth to the United States.

Elliott said that he and McClain came here 20 years ago and that his friend liked the climate. McClain retired 10 years ago.

McClain lived here with his Costa Rican companion and her two children, said his friend.

The body will be transported to the United States, and a memorial service here is pending, said Elliott.

McClain was a very strong man who was a doer and made things happen in the world, said Elliott. Internet sources said that McClain industries, which McClain and his brother, Robert, took over in 1968, employees 560 persons.  Among other products, the company manufactures truck bodies and containers for waste transport.

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