MONTREAL - Chris Haney, a co-creator of the popular Trivial Pursuit board game, died yesterday at the age of 59.

Haney worked for the Canadian Press and the Montreal Gazette newspaper as a photo editor before going into the board-game business.

He teamed up with Canadian Press sports reporter Scott Abbott in 1979 to invent Trivial Pursuit.

Released in 1982, it took off after a slow start and the duo sold the rights to toy giant Hasbro in 2008 for $80 million.