Billionaire businessman, philanthropist and independent presidential candidate Ross Perot is dead at 89, CNBC has confirmed.
Perot, who ran for president in 1992 and 1996, died after a five-month battle with leukemia, said James Fuller, a representative for the Perot family.
This 1992 file photo shows presidential hopeful H. Ross Perot at a rally in Austin, Texas.
As a disruptive third-party candidate for president, Perot ran on a platform of fiscal responsibility and protectionism.
1968: American businessman H. Ross Perot holding a business machine manufactured by his company, Electronic Data Systems, Dallas, Texas.
But "quirky Ross Perot, just like he pulled out of the presidential race, he pulled out of the biography," Lichtman said.
Presidential candidate Ross Perot speaks during the 1992 Presidential Debates. »