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. Futon Torpedo

    And I didn't have him on my Deadpool list. Damn.

    July 13, 2010 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  2. Chris

    Mixed emotions:

    On one hand i thought he turned the Yankees into the most commerical of ballclubs.
    On the other, he was a winner and wanted nothing more than to see his beloved Yankees win it all.

    Ultimately, he was a family man who loved his family. Rest in Peace

    July 13, 2010 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  3. sammy zoso

    I am glad to read the many kind and thoughtful comments about Mr. Steinbrenner. He generated lots of emotion from people, many did not like his style of ownership, that he some how bought winning teams. As a long-time Chicago Cubs fan I can tell you it's not that easy to "buy" a winner. Mr. Steinbrenner was a giant in modern baseball, one of a kind. He was in the game to win and was passionate about his Yankees and winning. I have deep admiration for him. He was a great man. As for all those with their petty, hateful remarks about him and people in general I feel sorry for you. What's with all the racism anyway? Dumb.

    July 13, 2010 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  4. Robin

    Hal? The kid's name is Hank. Bad reporting. We better get used to that name, as he will probably assume ownership of the team.

    July 13, 2010 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Derrrr

      He has two sons. Hank and Hal. You seem pretty dumb.

      July 13, 2010 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      Robin – Steinbrenner has a couple of kids who lived named Hal and Hank.

      your parents wish they had at least one who lived.

      July 13, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. duh

    Yeah nice slap in Joe Torres face putting a picture of Torre and Steinbrenner. How stupid of CNN good job of knowing your subject. really?

    July 13, 2010 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  6. Bill Anderson

    I didn't realize he had a heart

    July 13, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  7. Clarkkent83

    The guy was freaking 80 and owned a major baseball team and made millions. It's not like he died young or poor. Not really a tradegy

    July 13, 2010 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  8. Gillian, Tampa

    Sincere condolences to the Steinbrenner biological family as well as the Yankees family. He personally did a lot for the Tampa Bay area. One thing I remember, though not as well-detailed as I'd like, was him stepping in to help with outdated or not enough fire alarms in one of the counties' schools. R.I.P.

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

    I extremely dislike George S. and the Yankees, but I am saddened by his passing. My condolences go out the Steinbrenner family.

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

    R.I.P. Mr. Steinbrenner! You did a great thing for baseball!!!

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

    Its a sad day for Yankee nation. Their wont be another sports owner that can do what he did for the world of sports and he will be severely missed!

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

    Never forget Larry Davids voicing him on Seinfeld – priceless.

    July 13, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  13. Teri

    RIP Boss. You were tough but just wanted to win. So as a fan, I thank you for all the championship teams you put on that great field in the Cathedral. #27 was dedicated to you, and rightly so. Your memory lives on forever in the new House That George Built.

    July 13, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  14. FollyBaby

    Gees... the Yankees are just getting hit hard this year with George Steinbrenner's death and Bob Sheppard... sad. =(

    July 13, 2010 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  15. Sox Rule!!

    Let's face it, baseball is what it is today because of the success of the Yankees. Would the game have flourished nationally if the Houston Astros or Milwaukee Brewers were on long winning streaks? The Yankees spend money to win and that has made enemies with Red Sox nation, the Mets, the Devil Rays, the Orioles, the Twins and right on down the line. We love to root for them, we love to root against them, but the fact is we are watching this great game. George's contribution (good and bad) shouldn't be overlooked. In fact, I think he belongs in the Hall of Fame. I'd go as far as to call him the gold standard for owners. Win at all costs, but be smart about it. The game has passed by guys like Al Davis but the Yankees keep winning. RIP George. You were one of a kind.

    July 13, 2010 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • ynkee4life

      Classy remarks from a Sox fan. All baseball fans should take a cue from you.

      July 13, 2010 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
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