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JOURNALIST and public relations consultant Byron Balfour, died in the Cornwall Regional Hospital, St James from liver failure,

Balfour started his career as a trainee reporter at the Gleaner in Montego Bay after completing his secondary education at Cornwall College. He later did stints as editor of the now defunct Beacon newspaper and later as a reporter for the Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation.

He also served as press secretary to then prime minister Edward Seaga in the 1980s; later as press attaché at the Jamaican High Commission in Canada and did correspondence work for international news agencies such as Reuters, Associated Press, National Enquirer and the United Press International.

His published a tourism guide "Passport to Montego Bay" at the time of his death he operated Balfour Communications, providing public relations work for several politicians, He also produced a weekly column on political affairs in the Western Mirror.