Manchester United’s billionaire owner Malcolm Glazer had died aged 85.
The controversial tycoon, who bought United in 2005 for £705million but never set foot in Old Trafford, died in Rochester, New York, yesterday.
It is thought Glazer died from complications of a severe stroke he suffered in April 2006. The stroke had left him severely disabled and he has not been seen publicly since.
The news of his death was confirmed by the American football team The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the franchise he has owned since 1995.
The Old Trafford club issued a statement last night that read: “The thoughts of everyone at Manchester United are with the Glazer family tonight following the news that Malcolm Glazer has passed away.
“Staff at Manchester United extend deep and sincere condolences to them all at this difficult time.”
Glazer is survived by his wife Linda, six children and 14 grandchildren.
His sons Joel and Avram remain co-chairmen at United – having already taken over the day-to-day running of the club since their father’s stroke.
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