T. Boone Pickens died on Sept. 11, but before he left this earth at age 91, he wrote a farewell letter.

Pickens’ health had been in decline since suffering his first of several strokes in December 2016. His legacy will continue to live on through the way he lived. He wrote in his letter, which was released on Wednesday, “For most of my adult life, I’ve believed that I was put on Earth to make money and be generous with it.”

He mentions the Giving Pledge that Warren Buffett and Bill Gates asked him to join. Pickens gave close to $600 million to Oklahoma State athletics and academics among several other charitable contributions throughout his life. He also shared that his grandmother's advice is what guided him through life. 

Pickens, a 1951 graduate of Oklahoma A&M, will be celebrated by the OSU family on at 3 p.m. Sept. 25 at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater. The first service is being held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Highland Park United Methodist Church in Dallas.

Spokesman Jay Rosser told the Associated Press that Pickens was surrounded by friends and family under hospice care at his home in Dallas when he died.

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