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Jay Larkin, 59, dies of brain cancer

Updated: August 9, 2010, 6:33 PM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

Jay Larkin, once one of the most powerful people in the boxing industry as head of the franchise for Showtime, died Monday after a long battle with brain cancer. He was 59.

Larkin spent 22 years with the network, rising from junior publicist to senior vice president and executive producer until he was fired in November 2005.

He ran the boxing department for more than a decade until losing his job during cutbacks by parent company Viacom.

Larkin was involved with boxing at Showtime ...

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