Update: We’ve just heard via ABC that George Steinbrenner has died:
New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner has died in Tampa after suffering a heart attack, three sources tell ABC Action News.
The Steinbrenner family has now released a statement, per MLB.com:
“It is with profound sadness that the family of George M. Steinbrenner III announces his passing. He passed away this morning 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.”
Previously: Reports around the Internet are that legendary New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, who turned 80 on July 4, has suffered a massive heart attack. He’s at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, where his condition is currently unknown. This comes in the same week that we lost Harvey Pekar and Tuli Kupferberg, as well as long-time P.A. announcer Bob Sheppard on Sunday. Hang in there, George! We’re rooting for you. (And we’ll update as we learn more.)