Jim Kimsey, AOL co-founder, dies at 76

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NEW YORK (AP) — Jim Kimsey, the co-founder of Web pioneer AOL, has died of cancer at age 76.

His son, Mark Kimsey, confirmed his death on Tuesday morning.

In the 1980s, Kimsey, a Vietnam veteran and Washington, D.C.-area restaurateur, became involved in a video game download company called Control Video. That was reorganized into a company that later became America Online, famous for its "You've got mail" greeting and connecting millions of early Internet users.

Kimsey said he would step down as chairman in 1995, years before AOL's ill-fated merger with Time Warner. Steve Case succeeded him.

Mark Kimsey said that after retiring from AOL, his father focused on philanthropy.

Kimsey died in his home in McLean, Virginia. He is survived by three sons: Mark, Michael and Raymond.