George Steinbrenner dies from heart attack

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George M. Steinbrenner, the principal owner of the New York Yankees since 1973, died Tuesday, reportedly after suffering a massive heart attack. He was 80.

The Steinbrenner family confirmed his death in a statement issued by the Yankees.

"He was an incredible and charitable man," the family’s statement read. "First and foremost he was devoted to his entire family — his beloved wife, Joan; his sisters, Susan Norpell and Judy Kamm, his children, Hank, Jennifer Jessica and Hal; and all of his grandchildren.

"He was a visionary and a giant in the world of sports. He took a great but struggling franchise and turned it into a champion again."

Steinbrenner’s final legacy was completed in 2009, when the Yankees opened a new ballpark in the Bronx.

Steinbrenner is survived by his wife, Joan, and their children, Hal, Hank, Jennifer and Jessica.

Via: Yankees Website

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