July 13th, 2010
09:29 AM ET

George Steinbrenner dead after massive heart attack

[Updated at 9:58 a.m.] New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner has died, Steinbrenner's spokesman said.

“It is with profound sadness that the family of George M. Steinbrenner III announces his passing," a statement from his family said. "“He was an incredible and charitable man. 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.”

The team has seven World Series trophies – 1977, '78, '96, '98, '99, 2000 and '09 earned under Steinbrenner's ownership since 1973.

"Owning the Yankees," Steinbrenner once said, "is like owning the Mona Lisa."

[Posted at 9:29 a.m.] New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner has suffered a massive heart attack, according to CNN affiliate reports.

Steinbrenner was rushed to St. Joseph's hospital in Tampa, Florida, and his condition is not known, the station reported.

Steinbrenner turned 80 on July 4.

The team has seven World Series trophies – 1977, '78, '96, '98, '99, 2000 and '09 earned under Steinbrenner's ownership since 1973.

Steinbrenner is the longest-tenured owner in Major League Baseball, having served as principal owner since purchasing the club on Jan.3, 1973, according to the Yankees website. Over that time, the Yankees have won 11 American League pennants.

Steinbrenner has been in failing health in recent years and his son Hal is the managing partner of the team.

Steinbrenner bought the Yankees for $10 million and under his ownership they have become the most valuable team in U.S. professional sports, with Forbes.com estimating its value at over one-billion dollars.

He also was suspended from baseball twice, once after being indicted for allegedly making illegal campaign contributions to Richard Nixon, and once after paying a gambler to dig up dirt on one of his own players, Dave Winfield.

This story is developing. We'll bring you the latest information as we get it.

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  1. Steven P.

    I hate what he's done for baseball.

    Wish him the best, though.

    July 13, 2010 at 9:37 am | Report abuse |
    • ste531

      Fox just reported it..He died

      July 13, 2010 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • dcpuser

      Why? because george spends money on his team unlike some owners who prefer to hoard it and put out crappy products on the field?

      July 13, 2010 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      He's the reason there should be a cap on salaries

      July 13, 2010 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      ste531, try READING the ARTICLE. The headline says he died, the article says the same as the CNN one, condition unknown.
      Condition unknown is most likely some silly thing, like letting the FAMILY know his condition before the media.

      July 13, 2010 at 10:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Joe C.

      What he's done for baseball is make the sport insanely profitable, internationally known, and made the Yankees the envy of any sports franchise by doing things the right way. He invested his money back into the team instead of hoarding it for himself for the sake of creating a winner. He's the last of dying breed of owners that cared about the fans and winning, instead of greed and power.

      July 13, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Dylan

      Steve, when the article was posted it said he was in critical condition. It was updated after he posted that fox reported he was dead.

      RIP Steinbrenner, you'll be missed.

      July 13, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      I did read the article. First it said he had a heart attack, and then it was updated to say he died. Other comments were from before the update. Learn how internet journalism works. It's free flowing.

      July 13, 2010 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Cindy E.

      Few people remember that he was charged and convicted in events related to Watergate-

      July 13, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Yvette Rivera

      He was not perfect, but he was the best...I've been a Yankee fan all my life. RIP George S.

      July 13, 2010 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • bballfan

      there IS a cap on salaries – the Yankees just choose to pay the fines and ignore the cap. I despise them.

      July 13, 2010 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • evoc

      Reading the article, it begins with '[Updated at 9:58 a.m.], further down reads '[Posted at 9:29 a.m.].

      July 13, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • KAto

      Steinbrenner ruined the game with exorbitant salaries leading to today's ridiculously overpaid "Professionals" and lop-sided divisions.

      July 13, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Bronx Boy

      He waited for Bob Shepard to go first so bob could announce him in heaven? Your attention please, noe entering the pearly gates, "the boss"

      July 13, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
    • amused123

      I loved what he did for seinfeld.

      July 13, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Steven P.

    No, it's because he is a high-profile major metropolitan city sports team owner. It's not rocket science...

    July 13, 2010 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  3. Russ

    I've had three MIs already – they're no picnic. Get well soon, George – you're too interesting to check out this soon.

    July 13, 2010 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  4. yankeefan

    My heart goes out to the Steinbrenner family. We lost our dad the same way. It is heartbreaking to lose your father.

    July 13, 2010 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
    • depp312

      Rest in Peace George Steinbrenner. I too lost my dad the same way 2 months ago.

      July 13, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      @dep312 – what baseball team did your dad own?

      July 13, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • genobz

      RIP Steinbrenner.
      I wish his family recovers soon from the loss and the world gets to see another such man who was so influential in the building the Yankees. Yankees fan tribute!

      July 13, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mark L.

    PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE – Say it ISN'T SO !! NO WAY !! I Have Been a LIFELONG NEW YORK YANKEES FAN SINCE 1966 !! And I Have a VERY DEEP ADMIRATION For George Steinbrenner !! PLEASE, MR. STEINBRENNER, PLEASE – You Have to Recover !! OH MY GOD !! PLEASE, SAY IT ISN'T SO !!

    July 13, 2010 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Bob

      slvrlegs88, yep I agree with you.

      July 13, 2010 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
    • DANA

      I am so sorry to say this, but it is true he died not that long ago. It is so tragic. God Bless him and his family. This has to be awful for them.

      July 13, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      slvrlegs – agreed.

      July 13, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
    • EddieInRI

      Well, I have to respect him as an amazing businessman, and I will admit that the Yankees have a rich and great history. But as soon as Mr. Steinbrenner took over the team, he single-handedly ruined the sport.
      He created a monopoly in what is supposed to be a fair sport and although I have to admit that the Red Sox, Mets, and Dodgers are not far behind the Yankees, it makes me sick to think that a World Series ring can be bought for and not earned.
      Rest in Peace, Mr. Steinbrenner. But I'll still continue to cheer on the small market teams such as the Rays and the Rockies that prove that money doesn't mean everything – spirit and love of the game do.

      July 13, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • God

      Sorry Mark but it is true. You see son, everyone must die at some point. Except Larry King. He will never die. Now most people will join me in heaven, but not old Georgie Boy. He wont be sitting up here, but like I said, everyone has to die at some point. Except Larry King.

      July 13, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Linda

    Praying for you George.

    July 13, 2010 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      "PRAYER": How to do absolutely nothing and still feel like you're helping.

      July 13, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  7. Brian B

    Too many calzones?

    July 13, 2010 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • GuyNemeth

      A calzone from Paisanos!

      July 13, 2010 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
    • JJ

      Best comment I have read all day....

      July 13, 2010 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
    • jonnyz

      and kung pow castanza left behind.

      July 13, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  8. yesenia

    Can cnn please stop talking about this guy like he's dead already.

    July 13, 2010 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Melanie C

      perhaps you should refresh this page right about now

      July 13, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  9. Marc in Virginia

    I know Springs hasn't been that effective lately, but I think he's still alive.

    July 13, 2010 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
  10. TwM

    Steinbrenner is a great man who restored the Yankees to prominence. Those who say he was bad for baseball have to realize the man played within the rules and was a vocal supporter of those rules. When those "poor" market teams start spending the massive amounts of money the Yankees and other rich teams share with them then those fans can talk.

    July 13, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  11. Ashley Paterno

    Ugh, what a horrible week for the Yankees. George has been suffering enough lately with alzheimers, and now this? Wish him all the best, and hopefully a full recovery.

    July 13, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  12. 1TrueCanadian on twitter

    Opie and Anthony confirmed he's dead SiriusXM 202/197

    July 13, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  13. sbp

    Is there some sort of requirement that every story posted on CNN must be followed by some complete idiot saying "this is not news?"

    If Texas was nuked, some moron would post "I live in Idaho, how is this news?"

    July 13, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  14. Not a Member

    At 9:40 this AM, the Tampa Bay ABC affiliate is reporting he has died. abcactionnews.com

    July 13, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  15. Marc in Virginia

    Ha, looks like you corrected yourself, Steven P., before my sarcastic remark was posted. 🙂 And sbp, you are dead on.

    July 13, 2010 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
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