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Daniel Burke, who helped engineer a stunning acquisition of ABC in the 1980s and eventually became the president and CEO of Capital Cities/ABC Inc., died Wednesday at his home in Rye, N.Y. He was 82.

Burke became executive vice president the media company Capital Cities in 1967, and rose through the ranks until 1986, when it acquired ABC. He served as president and CEO of Capital Cities/ABC from 1990 to 1994. In 1996, Capital Cities/ABC was sold to the Walt Disney Co.

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"A gifted executive and natural teacher, and a man with a strong sense of right and wrong, Dan Burke led by example," said Disney President and CEO Robert A. Iger. "He stood for integrity and directness in business, and encouraged a balance in work and family life and involvement in one's community. Dan had a significant impact on me and all those he touched, and for that I will always be grateful."Burke is survived by his wife of 54 years and four children, including NBC Universal CEO Steve Burke. Another son, Bill, was president of TBS and the Weather Channel.