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Earthlink CEO Dies

Charles "Garry" Betty, president and CEO of the Internet Service Provider Earthlink, died on Tuesday from cancer. He was 49 years old.

Betty stepped down from Earthlink in late November after his cancer diagnosis. At the time, it was reported he would be on a leave of absence of undetermined length.

Mike Lunsford, vice president of voice and access services, was appointed interim CEO. Earthlink (Quote), in announcing Betty's passing, also said Lunsford will remain in his interim capacity until a permanent CEO can be found.

When Betty joined EarthLink in 1996, it was a two-year-old startup ISP based in southern California offering dial-up Internet access to 500,000 subscribers. Since then, through growth and mergers, Earthlink has become the largest pure ISP play, with more than 5 million subscribers.

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