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. lINDA

    Why should there be a cap on salaries, how would you like it if your salary was capped. He paid top dollar for the best players because they are worth it. God bless you Mr Steinbrenner, the Yankees will forever be the best because you chose the cream of the crop

    July 13, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  2. Trish

    That's an awful thing to say, and you can bet if this story was about John Henry, Yankees fans would be expressing their condolences, if not, keeping their mouths shut. Some people in this world still have grace.

    But I guess 40 AL Pennants and 27 World Series Championships speak for themselves, don't they?

    July 13, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      and some of them were won with a normal size payroll.

      July 13, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teri

      Thank you Trish.

      July 13, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mark L.

    This has been one HORRIBLE Week for Us Die-Hard New York Yankees Fans !! First, we lose the Voice of the Yankees, the Legendary Bob Sheppard, and now our Principal Owner, George M. Steinbrenner !! I would like to express my Deepest, Utmost Heartfelt Condolences to Joan, Hank, Hal, Jennifer, Jessica and the ENTIRE Steinbrenner Family !! Hopefully, the Legendary New York Yankees will continue to perform the way they have been and WIN THEIR 28TH WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP in honor of Mr. Steinbrenner !! May George M. Steinbrenner Rest in Everlasting Eternal, Heavenly Peace !!

    July 13, 2010 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  4. Red Sox Fan

    Cant argue with winning, and thats just what his teams did. WIN He will be missed. He's probably having a drink with Billy right about now.

    July 13, 2010 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  5. bridgmjm

    RIP

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

    To the Steinbrenner family, I am so sorry for your loss. I appreciate all that you and your dad have done to make the Yankees organization what it is.

    July 13, 2010 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
  7. Wife to a Yankee Fan

    It amazes me how some people can be so cold. A family just lost someone, many fans lost someone that they adored. Whether you like the Yankees or not, show some compassion or shut the hell up. Seriously, I can't imagine acting the way some of these people act. God forbid you ever lose someone close to you. Think how you would feel if you read some of the comments about your friend/family member that some of you are posting about George. I am not a baseball fan by any means, but I would NEVER post anything so cold and heartless as I read here. To the Steinbrenner family & fans, our thoughts and prayers are with you and we are deeply sorry for your loss.

    July 13, 2010 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Geoffrey Craik

      Get over it, some people did not like this bum. mafia, if he hated you he would send his goons after you, i hope he has found god and asked him to forgive him for all his bs, i would say more but i wont , i know a whole book on this bum.

      July 13, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Wife to a Yankee Fan

      Geoffrey Craik
      You get over it. You have a whole book on him? Why isn't it on the best sellers list. I'm guessing you might be a disgruntled Red Sox fan?
      A man died. A family lost a husband, father and grandfather today and all people want to do is talk crap about him. Remember Karma is real!!!

      July 13, 2010 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  8. stevie68a

    Sorry ball fans.... .but this is a childrens game.

    July 13, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  9. erin

    Uh, baseball has nothing to do with whether one goes to hell...and, he was 80 years old, so making fun of an old man with grandchildren simply because you do not like the Yankees or his business practices is childish. Grow up people! Let's just hope when YOU die there aren't idiots like yourselves sitting around making comments...

    July 13, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  10. Heywood Jablowme

    RIP, Boss

    July 13, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  11. Sergio for Javi

    Rest in Peace.

    July 13, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  12. huff n doback

    Now Costanza can sleep comfortably under his desk without Big Stein catching him. RIP G.S

    July 13, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • lion

      Some of the best Seinfeld shows involved the Yankees. Remember when George was doing everything possible to get fired? Classic stuff.

      July 13, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  13. pmo

    FYI, young skinny guys get heart attacks, too....

    July 13, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  14. lINDA

    Salaries should not be capped, how would anyone like their salaires capped. The Yankees get paid top dollar because they are the cream of the crop. God bless you Mr Streinbrenner – the Yankees are a great team because paid them their worth. God bless..

    July 13, 2010 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  15. Mila

    The guy should have been banned from baseball. He was indicted on 14 criminal counts for illegal conributions to that crook Nixon, and later paid a gambler $40,000 to dig up dirt on Dave Winfield, who had sued Steinbrenner for not contributing to Winfield's non-profit foundation, which was in his contract. Steinbrenner and steroids ruined baseball.

    July 13, 2010 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Geoffrey Craik

      At least someone here is on the same page as me. Thank you, I just hope his son Hal runs a clean team , but I have my doubts. Thanks buddy

      July 13, 2010 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
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