Manchester United owner Malcolm Glazer has died at the age of 86.
Glazer, who controversially bought United in 2005 for £790 million, also owned the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who announced his death on their website.
Under his ownership United won the Premier League five times, as well as the Champions League in 2008, however Glazer’s takeover leveraged the club with a £500m-plus debt and was bitterly opposed by fans.
He had been in poor health since April 2006 when a pair of strokes left him with impaired speech and limited mobility in his right arm and leg.
“The thoughts of everyone at Manchester United are with his family at this time,” a club spokesman said.
Glazer, whose net worth was estimated at £2.6 billion, appointed his sons Joel and Avram as joint chairmen of United’s board, and the family’s ownership of the club is not expected to change. Malcolm Glazer was not a member of the United board, while his other children – Kevin, Bryan, Darcie and Edward – are club directors.
He left behind a wife, 6 children and 14 grandchildren.