April 20th, 2010
04:04 PM ET

Colorado Rockies president found dead in hotel

Colorado Rockies president Keli McGregor was found dead in a hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah.

[Updated at 6:04 p.m.] Read the full CNN.com story

[Updated at 3:03 p.m.] MLB Commissioner Bud Selig issued the following statement regarding McGregor's death:

“On behalf of Major League Baseball, I am very saddened by the sudden and unexpected passing of Keli McGregor. As President of the Colorado Rockies, Keli was one of our game’s rising young stars. He was a great athlete and equally great as a baseball  administrator. Also, he was a great human being. All of baseball will miss him. I offer my condolences and deepest sympathies to his family, friends and the Rockies ball club.”

[Updated at 2:02 p.m.] The Colorado Rockies released a statement saying the team's president, Keli McGregor, was in Utah on a business trip with team chairman & CEO Charlie Monfort and executive vice president Greg Feasel when he died. The team said it had no more details on the circumstances surrounding his death.

“Words cannot describe the level of shock and disbelief that we all are feeling this morning at the loss of Keli,” Monfort said. “Our thoughts, our prayers are with Lori and the entire family as we all try to cope and understand how such a tragic loss could occur with such a wonderful man.”

[Posted at 1:21 p.m.] Keli McGregor, president of the Colorado Rockies baseball team, was found dead in his hotel Tuesday morning.

Police received a call before 9 a.m. that a man had been found unconscious at the Grand America hotel in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, police spokesman Detective Rick Wall told CNN.

Wall said paramedics and and fire officials responded to the hotel but were unable to revive McGregor. He said the cause of death was not known.

Officials told CNN affiliate KMGH that the cause of his death is under investigation but McGregor's appeared to be from natural causes, possibly a heart attack. McGregor was found alone and there were no obvious signs of foul play, KMGH reported.

McGregor, 48, has been the team's president since October 2001 and had been with the organization for 15 years, according to the team's website.

The Rockies website says McGregor was raised in Colorado and joined the Rockies organization after he worked for four years as an athletic director at the University of Arkansas.

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soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Kelsey

    So sad. Rockies are my favorite baseball team and I know that Denver will be mourning his loss today, along with the loss of the students at Columbine 11 years ago. Such a tragic day in Colorado.

    April 20, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. hollywoodmeme

    Our condolences to the family, friends, teammates and fans.

    April 20, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Chris

    How sad. My heart goes out to his family, his friends, the Colorado rockies, and baseball fans everywhere. RIP

    April 20, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ccB19

    so sad.....rip

    April 20, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Paula

    God Bless Keli McGregor and his family, friends and his team at this time.

    April 20, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mark L.

    That is REALLY SAD News !! Being a Fan of MLB and a lifelong, die-hard New York Yankees Fan, it is always EXTREMELY SAD to read stories such as this. My only hope and prayer is that there was no foul play that led to Keli McGregor's untimely demise. My sincerest condolences go out to the entire McGregor family in addition to the Colorado Rockies' organization.

    April 20, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Janet

    Wow – very shocked and very saddened to see this. Prayers going up for the McGregor family.

    April 20, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Peter Ewers

    Keli and his family are members of our church in Golden. Keli is an incredible man with deep convictions and strong faith. To say that he will be missed is a massive understatement. We are all better for knowing him, and poorer for being without him now.

    April 20, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Janet

    I teach at his kid's school. My heart goes out to the kids and family. He was a great dad and husband. The community will miss him.

    April 20, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. hjs3

    Way too young..........

    April 20, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mark M

    We are sorry to hear of this young loss of a bright and powerful man for MLB.

    Prayers to Family.

    Mark in New Mexico

    April 21, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
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