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. Solo

    I live in Florida and news sites here say he's dead.

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

      You are bragging!

      July 13, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. RIP from a Bosox fan

    First thing he does upon entering the pearly gates – fire Billy Marting.

    July 13, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  3. Blackrock

    So many bitter people that don't like George. Baseball is a business, just like Apple, just like Ford. The Yankees as a business are successful, giving them revenue, giving them the option to spend the loot they have made, to make their team even better. Are you going to bag on Apple for making too much money, or for investing too much money into their future? Of course not. Remember Geo for being a success, and for bringing such great memories to the New York sports community, as well as baseball in general. RIP George.

    July 13, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Nope

      Baseball is a game not a business. Business is the ugly side of the game

      July 13, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  4. Quincy

    CNN, as usual, BRINGING UP THE REAR. EVERY SINGLE NEWS WEBSITE already has reported that he's died, yet CNN's front page still doesn't have it. THIS WEBSITE HAS COMPLETELY GONE TO POT.

    July 13, 2010 at 10:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Beavis

      heheheh...............he said rear

      July 13, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • B_tthead

      uhhh.uhhh..hehhhe.he said pot

      July 13, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Eric Kosley

    R.I.P. Thank you for all the great years and teams you gave us.

    July 13, 2010 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  6. Russ

    Condolences to the Steinbrenner family and to the Yankees. Godspeed, George.

    July 13, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  7. Joane Johnson

    As a Clevelander and staunch Indian's fan, we have had a love/hate relationship with George and his Yanks. my youngest daughter loves them to death. I am so sad for this. Love 'em or hate 'em, the game will not be the same. We will miss his ilk. his antics. I am so sorry for the Yankees and NY in their loss. God bless you and keep all of you.

    July 13, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  8. bloorain

    weird. i used to work at st. joes in tampa before moving back home. i worked in the cardiac icu so i would have taken care of him. weird. we used to take care of that family frequently enough. nice people for the most part!

    July 13, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  9. Mandingo

    I hate the Yankees!!!

    July 13, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  10. Diana Quinones

    RIP MR. STEINBRENNER!! YOU'LL BE GREATLY MISSED BY THE YANKEES AND THE FANS. I'M SOOO SADDEN BY HIS PASSING. THIS REALLY HIT ME HARD.

    July 13, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  11. Bob, Kentucky

    GET ME COSTANZA!

    Regardless of what you think of the New York Yankees, his style and manner of getting things done, he was a charismatic part of Major League Baseball.

    My deepest respects to the family and close friends of Mr. Steinbrenner.

    July 13, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  12. ralph Petrillo

    Well he got 80 years and lived off of ball park food. So much for nutrition. Can't take your wealth with you. Basically loved attention, spent heavily on player contracts, and was very successful with World Series victories. He definitely added to the whole scene in NYC. The best to his family, and hopefully they have the same desire to win otherwise they should sell the team.

    July 13, 2010 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  13. sammy zoso

    I think George Steinbrenner is great. He in the baseball business to win and he cares passionately about his Yankees. Losing – or losing for very long – is not an option. I wish other owners cared as much as he did.

    July 13, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  14. rocco capabianco

    A great sportsman and benefactor. Will be missed here in the Tampa Bay area. Met the man twice, a treat.

    July 13, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  15. Tont

    If you thought MJ's funeral procession through Los Angeles was bad, wait until what we will see at Yankee Stadium. The questions is how many TV networks will cover it.....

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