Rogers Comm founder/CEO Ted Rogers has passed away at the age of 75. After being hospitalized recently for an existing heart condition, Rogers died at his Toronto home. Rogers also owned the Toronto Blue Jays. "The entire U.S. cable industry today mourns the loss of our friend, Ted Rogers, a great leader and visionary in cable telecommunications whose impact is felt well beyond his beloved Canada," said NCTA pres/CEO Kyle McSlarrow in a statement. "Ted shared his pioneering vision with this industry for more than 40 years… We will truly miss his passionate leadership." CableLabs pres/CEO Dick Green noted that Rogers was a pioneer of new technologies, with Rogers the 1st company to offer cable modem service and initiate the transition from entertainment to telecom services. "The cable industry owes Ted Rogers an enormous debt of gratitude," Green said. "His love for technology and its development contributed in many ways to the success that the industry has achieved."