US insurer dead at 80

John Byrne, whose turnaround of car insurer Geico Corp led billionaire Warren Buffett to buy the company and call him "the Babe Ruth of insurance", has died. He was 80. Byrne died on March 7 at his home in Etna, New Hampshire, according to Robert Snyder, a family spokesman. The cause was prostate cancer.

John Byrne, whose turnaround of car insurer Geico Corp led billionaire Warren Buffett to buy the company and call him "the Babe Ruth of insurance", has died. He was 80. Byrne died on March 7 at his home in Etna, New Hampshire, according to Robert Snyder, a family spokesman. The cause was prostate cancer.

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