UPDATE: FLORIDA (WOIO) - Longtime Yankees owner George Steinbrenner has died.
This, after Steinbrenner suffered a massive heart attack while visiting his summer home in Florida. Steinbrenner turned 80 on July 4th.
According to the Yankees website, Steinbrenner, a.k.a "The Boss", purchased the ball club in 1973 and is the longest-tenured owner in Major League Baseball. Over that time, the Yanks have won 11 American League pennants and multiple World Series Championships.
The team clinched seven World Series trophies – 1977, '78, '96, '98, '99, 2000 and 2009 - under Steinbrenner's watch.
During his last years, Steinbrenner turned over control of the Yankees to his two sons, Hank and Hal. He had been in fragile health for several years.
Steinbrenner was an Ohio native - he was born in Rocky River, but grew up in Bay Village.
"It is with profound sadness that the family of George M. Steinbrenner III announces his passing. He passed away this morning (Tuesday) in Tampa, Fla., at age 80.
"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."
Mr. Steinbrenner recently celebrated his 80th birthday on July 4.
Funeral arrangements will be private. There will be an additional public service with details to be announced at a later date.
Steinbrenner's death comes two days after the Yankees' beloved public-address announcer Bob Sheppard died.