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. Georgette

    True that most will remember George as the owner of the Yankee's and for better or worse depending on how the fans of the sport see the present and the past. However, George was a giver to many communities and to many charitable causes that most are not aware of. He was a personal family friend and had interest in business outside of baseball which have benefited many over the years. My family and many others will miss him greatly.

    July 13, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  2. Angela

    People are amazing to me – as I sit here and read these comments – no matter your take on baseball or the Yankees, what is wrong with some of you, this was still a human being a husband and father who died. Have some compassion at least for that fact. RIP Mr. Steinbrenner, sending prayers to his family for your loss...

    July 13, 2010 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  3. Steve C

    He ruined Baseball

    BASEBALL IS A GAME!, get a life

    July 13, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  4. Chris R

    Condolences to the Steinbrenner family. Steinbrenner did not ruin baseball. He overpaid for players throughout the years , and most of the money he spent on those players was all for nothing. It was the small-time guys and the team chemistry that brought home championships, not overspending. He was not a great owner by any standard – he definitely wasted money, but there were always better players out there that he was not able to get his hands on. He only attracted the players who looked at the dollar signs. That does not mean he was buying the best talent, because he certainly wasn't.

    July 13, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  5. KLL

    Thanks "BOSS".........RIP !!!

    July 13, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  6. Greg

    Love him or hate him, all of us posting here on CNN about his passing would do pretty well to have one tenth of his impact on American culture and indeed the world, should we even make it to 80 years of age.
    Ya did good, George...ya did good.

    July 13, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
  7. Penni

    Wow so many of you people are just down right cruel! Who were you raised by? I am not a baseball fan nor do I know alot about baseball or this man, but have you ever heard of compassion, he was a father and a husband, you should be ashamed of yourselves for the things you have put on this board that were just TACKY! You Awful Awful people! I'm sure all of your mothers would be so proud!

    July 13, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  8. yankeesfan

    im a huge fan of the Yankees and i miss bob and george but its sad if he has a funeral wich he will all of the yankees will be there.r.i.p bob and george.

    July 13, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  9. KAto

    Steinbrenner ruined the game with exorbitant salaries leading to today's ridiculously overpaid "Professionals" and lop-sided divisions. It's all about spending because of him, when it used to be about drafting and player development.

    July 13, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  10. KAto

    Steinbrenner ruined the game with exorbitant salaries leading to today's ridiculously overpaid "Professionals" and lop-sided divisions. It's all about spending because of him, when it used to be about drafting and player development.

    July 13, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  11. william moore

    Just what is a Massive Heart Attack???? I have had 3 heart attacks...first one took 6 defibs to get me restarted...second one lasted 4 hours...third one was while in hospital on monitor....Your reporters keep saying here and on CNN tv news Massive heart attack.....what does that mean? I guess I haven't had the Massive one yert, I'm still here...lol

    July 13, 2010 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  12. carmen

    Hey George now you can sit and watch as we win it all again, Thanks for everything you have done with
    our Yankee's this Fan alway liked you for being you. RIP Now injoy the Game.
    Carmen

    July 13, 2010 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      carmen – what position do you play?

      July 13, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Joanne

    Remembering Seinfeld episodes with George Costanza & his boss, Mr. Steinbrenner...

    July 13, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  14. Mark Ira Kaufman

    I do not blame Steinbrenner for using the Yankees' unlimited revenue stream to take advantage of major league baseball's absense of a salary cap and profit sharing.

    Sure, salary caps and profit sharing haven't hurt the NFL or the NBA. Sure, it's bad for baseball, and has been hurting the game for decades. But that's not Steinbrenner's fault that the system is stacked against every other team in baseball.

    July 13, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • olvet

      Spoken like a true Republican. Dollars rule. Steinbrenner could afford to buy all his wins because he could afford to buy all the best talent. Has nothing to do with salary caps. Has everything to do with who has the most money to buy the most talent regardless of caps. If the owners of other teams had as much money as Steinbrenner they would be much more competative also, but they don't. It is purely a money issue.

      July 13, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. healthandbeautynews

    George helped Baseball, more than he hurt it! I'm for paying professional ball player a good salary. The players of all sport deserve the kind of money that they are paid. No i'm not a Yankee fan

    July 13, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
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