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General Motors Corp., once America’s largest corporation, died Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011. It was 103 years old.

The automaker faded into business history following a long and painful period, during which plants were forever closed, investors wiped out, 1,700 dealerships shuttered and tens of thousands of workers let go. The automaker was preceded in death by three of its brands: Pontiac, Hummer and Saturn. A fourth former brand, Saab, is in dire straits.

No one was there to mark the company’s passing.

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