Breaking: AP reports that George Steinbrenner has died

The Associated Press reports that iconic Yankees owner George Steinbrenner has died after suffering a massive heart attack last night.

Update: Reader Stan recommends this report from My Fox New York:

George Steinbrenner has died, Fox 5 News reported Tuesday morning. The confirmation came from the Steinbrenner family.

Steinbrenner had suffered a massive heart attack late Monday night. The owner of the New York Yankees was taken to a Tampa’s St. Joseph’s hospital where he died Tuesday morning at 6:30 a.m.

The family issued a statement saying that funeral arrangements will be private. There will be an additional public service with details to be announced at a later date.

“The Boss” as he was known in Yankee circles, bought the team in 1973 for $10 Million. The team is now worth more than a billion dollars. The Bronx Bombers have won seven World Series titles since he became the principal owner.

George Steinbrenner celebrated his 80th birthday on July 4th.

He said he was “feeling good” after spending a couple hours Friday in his office at the Yankees’ spring training complex in Florida.

Steinbrenner was in fragile health for years, resulting in fewer public appearances and pronouncements. He stepped aside in recent years and his sons, Hal and Hank, have taken more responsibility in running the team.

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