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Former Time Warner Cable CEO Britt dies of cancer

Glenn Britt, who retired as chairman and CEO of Time Warner Cable at the end of 2013, died Wednesday morning at his home in New York City after a battle with cancer. He was 65.

His wife, Barbara, was by his side, the company noted.

Glenn Britt in June, 2013.
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Glenn Britt in June, 2013.

"Glenn left us with a legacy of innovation, integrity and inclusion," Time Warner Cable said in a statement. "He will long be remembered for his thoughtful and steady leadership through rapidly changing times in the communications field. Glenn was a leader, colleague, mentor, role model and friend who will be greatly missed."

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Britt announced his plans to step down last July and informed employees in October that he has cancer. Bloomberg News reported then that Britt had a bout with melanoma several years ago, but his cancer had returned.

Rob Marcus, who was the company's COO, replaced him on Jan. 1. Several weeks later, Marcus announced that he was selling the company to Comcast for $45.2 billion. Federal regulators are still reviewing the deal.

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Britt joined Time Inc. in 1972 and rose through the ranks as the company evolved over the years. In 2001, he was named CEO of Time Warner Cable and oversaw the 2009 spinoff from its parent company and emergence as a publicly traded entity.

--By Roger Yu, USAToday.com