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NY Yankees Legend George Steinbrenner Dies

7/13/2010 10:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has confirmed legendary New York Yankees owner George Steinbrenner died this morning after suffering a "massive" heart attack.

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According to multiple reports, Steinbrenner -- who turned 80-years old on July 4th -- was rushed to St. Joseph's hospital in Tampa where he was later pronounced dead.

Steinbrenner -- a U.S. Navy veteran -- retired from running the Yankees in 2006 ... leaving his sons Hank and Hal to run the team.

Since Steinbrenner took over the team in 1973, the Yankees locked up 11 pennants and 7 World Series titles.

Among Steinbrenner's many accomplishments -- his famous "grooming policy" ... in which players and coaches are not allowed to sport hair past their collar ... and the only acceptable facial hair is a mustache.

UPDATE: A rep for the Steinbrenner family has released a statement saying, "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."

The rep adds, "Funeral arrangements will be private. There will be an additional public service with details to be announced at a later date."


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31.

Dave    

Mattingly! Trim those sideburns!

1565 days ago
32.

lgwelsh1    

All of New York is in mourning, condolences to his wife and family. George will always be the BOSS in New York!

1565 days ago
33.

sgfdsgfdsg    

**** him, he can go rot in hell. Who ****ing cares?

1565 days ago
34.

Joe Blow    

This sucks. RIP to a legendary sports figure. Rough last few days for us Yankee fans. :(

1565 days ago
35.

yankfan    

RIP George.. Thanks for the great ride.. #28 will be for you

1565 days ago
36.

sharlafromnj    

Now maybe, Pete Rose will be inducted into the Hall of Fame where he belongs.

1565 days ago
37.

chip    

O&A reported this 1st

1565 days ago
38.

Ohioannoyed    

He had a heart? If so, I suspect it had $ signs stamped all over it.

1565 days ago
39.

Rico Suavy    

As a Red Sox fan I say, may an infected Camel invade his sisters bedroom. He bought championships leaving small market teams at a disadvantage.

1565 days ago
40.

Jamaican sam    

OMG! That so reminds me of Jon Lajoie's "Rapist Glasses" sketch.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVcyNANK5cY

1565 days ago
41.

Mr. Hudson    

It;s costanza's fault

1565 days ago
42.

Theresa    

Sorry for his family's loss.

But seriously, no one outside of New York really cares.

1565 days ago
43.

AGFH    

This is sad news. I wish he had been taken to TGH instead of St Joes. Not only is TGH closer to his home, it is a top heart hospital. Trust me, they saved my life.

1565 days ago
44.

MP    

That is so very sad. Like him or dislike him, he's an American legend in his own right. My condolences to his family and friends.

1565 days ago
45.

jus-sayin    

RIP Buddy

1565 days ago
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