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