(NECN/CSNNE) - Yankees owner George Steinbrenner has died.
He had a heart attack last night, was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa, Florida and passed away this morning at about 6:30 a.m.
Steinbrenner celebrated his 80th birthday on July 4th.
For more than 30 years, Steinbrenner lived up to his billing as "the Boss," a nickname he earned and clearly enjoyed as he ruled with an iron fist. The Yankees won six World Series titles during his reign.
The death comes two days after the team's beloved public-address announcer Bob Sheppard died at 99.
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"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."