We now have official word to confirm this morning’s reports: George Steinbrenner is dead at age 80, as confirmed in a statement released by the family. Via CNN:
“It is with profound sadness that the family of George M. Steinbrenner III announces his passing,” a statement from his family said. "“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.”