UPDATE: Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner Dies at 80

NEW YORK (AP) - The Yankees say owner George Steinbrenner has
died. He was 80.

Spokesman Howard Rubenstein said he died Tuesday morning. He had
a heart attack, was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, Fla., and died at about 6:30 a.m, a person close to the owner told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had not disclosed those details.

Steinbrenner, who celebrated his birthday July 4, had been in fragile health for several years.

Flags were immediately lowered to half-staff at Steinbrenner Field, the Yankees' spring training complex. The Yankees says many employees there were in tears.

The death comes two days after the team's beloved public-address
announcer Bob Sheppard died at 99.

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PRESS RELEASE: Resolution Honors Yankees’ Owner for Lifetime Achievements

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator George LeMieux (R-FL) today introduced a resolution commemorating the life and work of longtime Yankees’ owner George M. Steinbrenner. Steinbrenner passed away Tuesday morning in Tampa at the age of 80.

Senator LeMieux said:

“While George Steinbrenner served his country in the Air Force and contributed greatly to community and civic activities, he will be most remembered as the principal owner of the New York Yankees. In that capacity, he played an important role in the Tampa community. Through his leadership, the Yankees organization created a premier Spring Training facility in Tampa, cultivating some of Major League Baseball’s greatest talent. His accomplishments and contributions to baseball will be remembered for years to come.”

BACKGROUND: Senator LeMieux, along with U.S. Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Bill Nelson (D-FL), today introduced a Senate resolution commemorating the life and work of Steinbrenner, expressing condolence to his family, friends and colleagues, and recognizing the continuing contributions his organization will make to the communities in Florida and New York.

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