The Manchester United owner Malcolm Glazer, who is also owner of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers since 1995, has passed away aged 85.
Officials from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers said they were "saddened" to announce the passing of Mr Glazer earlier this morning. He was described as a "pioneering thinker" and a "dynamic business leader" in the statement.
It also described the glory years under his tenure when the club won Premier League titles and the Champions League. But ownership of the Premier League club by the Glazer family was marked by controversy and significant opposition by fans.
– Statement released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
In 2005, Glazer purchased Manchester United. Since then, the club captured five Premier League titles (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2013), as well as the 2008 Champions League title.
Born in Rochester, New York as one of seven children, Mr Glazer took over the family watch-parts business at age 15 following the death of his father and then continued his foray into the professional world, investing in other businesses.
In 1999, Glazer launched the Glazer Family Foundation, which is dedicated to assisting charitable and educational causes in the Tampa Bay community, highlighted by the opening of the Glazer Children’s Museum in 2010. In its 15 years of existence, the Foundation has donated millions in programs, tickets, grants and in-kind contributions
As one of seven children, Mr Glazer was born in Rochester, New York and took over the family watch-parts business at age 15 following the death of his father and then continued his foray into the professional world, investing in other businesses.
Mr Glazer owned or was a substantial shareholder of a diverse portfolio of international holdings and public companies, including: First Allied, Zapata Corporation, Houlihan’s Restaurant Chain, Harley Davidson, Formica, Tonka, Specialty Equipment and Omega Protein.
A private family funeral service will be held for Mr.Glazer. The opportunity for others to remember and celebrate Mr. Glazer’s life will be announced at a future date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to All Children’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, and Shriners Hospitals for Children – Tampa.
A resident of Palm Beach, Florida, Glazer leaves behind his wife, Linda, six children and 14 grandchildren.