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Cable Pioneer Dead of Natural Causes

NEW YORK – The man who built Comcast from a small cable TV system in North Mississippi into the nation’s largest provider of cable TV and home Internet service has died.

Comcast said in a statement that Ralph Roberts died of natural causes Thursday night in Philadelphia.

Roberts began his work in the industry in 1963 with the acquisition of American Cable Systems in Tupleo.  He eventually purchased other cable systems and changed the name of the company to Comcast where he served as CEO until 2002.   He then handed control over to its current Chairman and CEO, his son Brian.

Roberts was 95.

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