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. Cindy

    You people are terrible. If you can't say something nice, then SHUT UP!!

    July 13, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jen

    My mother's family lived a few doors down from him in Bay Village Ohio back in the day and my Grandfather tells a wonderful story how on Easter Sunday George and his family went to church and that George hated the pews as he felt they were very uncomfortable. Later in the week a check showed up for $10,000 saying put some new pews in.....Back then $10,000 was a lot of money....Seemed like he was a good guy.......

    July 13, 2010 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  3. bloogle

    And just think – no federal estate taxes if you die in 2010

    July 13, 2010 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  4. EastCoastFU

    I will always hate the Yankees organization, but this is still sad news. My condolences to the family, friends, and fans for their loss.

    July 13, 2010 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
  5. embarrasedforyou

    I can not believe all the mean spirited comments people make when some dies REGARDLESS of who they are or whether you liked or respected them. What happened to what we teach our children? If you can't say anything nice, DON'T SAY ANYTHING AT ALL!. He still has a family, including young children, who may read these comments. Do you really feel it necessary to cause them further pain by having to see what heartless people have to say. Would you want your child, or grandchild, to read such comments about you. Someone has died. If you can't have respect for the person, at least have respect for God since He did put him here and also chose to bring him back home. RIP George.

    July 13, 2010 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  6. Donald James Ladd

    I was "deeply-sadend" by the news about Mr.Steinbrenner!! I have been a Yankee Fan since i was knee-high to a grasshoper & will remain one (forever)!!!!!!! I was very proud of them last yr. & wish them the same sucess this year in honor of his memory. My deepest & most sincere wishes go to his family & the entire yankee organizeation!!

    July 13, 2010 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  7. John

    Actually, old fat guys don't have as many heart attacks as skinny vegans. Old and "not too fat" guys eat very well and get lots of good nutrition that is missing from the diet of most "healthy" people.

    July 13, 2010 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  8. Kapiolani

    RIP Mr. Steinbrenner, with my Aloha.

    July 13, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  9. P Winslow

    My thoughts and prayers go out to the family and all those who loved George. What a loss it is. Earning seven World Series trophies and living a great life is a wonderful achievement. May he rest now in peace.

    July 13, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  10. Big Yankee Fan

    RIP Mr. Steinbrenner
    This makes 2 this week, there must be a big game going on in heaven right now 🙂

    July 13, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  11. Raphael

    Farewell to "The Boss" for keeping the Yankees a winner for a being the man that he was. He was a loyal man. He gave opportunities to players no one would dare look at (strawberry and Gooden. He Strawberry came with cancer the boss was there....He welcomed Yogi back with open arm....and put NYC in top of the baseball world for all his years as owner of the famed Yankees.

    July 13, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  12. dori

    Don't watch or keep up with baseball but the name of such a generous man and went above and beyond to help is still one I fondly reconize. It is only respectful when possible to read the names on the plaques that adorn many halls that serve us. When my dad was ill and at death's door on the roller coaster of failing health, the hospital's wards, the halls, the buildings were there cause of him. My condolences to his loved ones, he was a good man to many in my community

    July 13, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  13. Websocialite

    RIP Mr Steinbrenner. I don't like that Yankees (GO RED SOX) but I did respect your business sense.

    July 13, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
  14. Kay

    Rest in peace George. You will be missed here in Tampa. George was a microcosm of what we all are. But he had a huge heart and a genuine love of his community. When one of his grandchildren took ill he realized that kids were having to wait in the emergency room with stabbing victims, gun shot wounds and crazies. He had a pediatric emergency wing built just for children. When he built the Tampa Yankees training facility he built it with his teams money. He didn't come with his hand out for the taxpayer to foot the bill. George may have been the "Crazy old Uncle" but he was Our crazy old uncle, and I for one will miss him!

    July 13, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  15. Suzie M.

    Very shocked to hear the news. George was a wonderful and complex man who was greatly respected for his charitable work. Our thoughts are with the Steinbrenner family today.

    Frederic and Suzie McKay

    July 13, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
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