Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Malcolm Glazer has died

Malcolm Glazer, the longtime owner of the Buccaneers, died Wednesday morning. He was 86.

Glazer, of Palm Beach, is survived by his wife, Linda, six children and 14 grandchildren. His family will retain ownership of the team.

The Rochester, N.Y., native bought the Buccaneers in 1995 and is credited with rebuilding the team, which earned five playoff wins and its first and only Super Bowl Championship in 2002 under his ownership. 

Glazer also bought Manchester United in 2005.

He created a philanthropic foundation in 1999 that aided charities and educational efforts in Tampa Bay.

A public service has not been announced.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the All Children’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s children’s Hospital and the Shriners Hospitals for Children in Tampa.

The reclusive Palm Beach businessman had been in failing health since April 2006 when a pair of strokes left him with impaired speech and limited mobility in his right arm and leg.

Glazer's unobtrusive management style helped transform the Bucs from a laughingstock into a model franchise that in 2003 won the Super Bowl 48-21 over the Oakland Raiders.

He raised his profile with a $1.47 billion takeover of Manchester United that was bitterly opposed by fans of one of the world's richest soccer clubs.


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