Joan Steinbrenner, the wife of late New York Yankees principal owner George Steinbrenner, has died at the age of 83.
The Yankees said in a statement Friday that Joan Steinbrenner, who served as vice chairperson in the organization, was surrounded by her family at her home in Tampa, Fla. when she died.
“Joan was a compassionate and caring matriarch whose profound love for her family and those in the community always inspired us,” the Steinbrenner family said in a statement.
“Her elegance and grace touched everyone around her, and we know her spirit will live on through her legacy of good works. We are grateful to have had her in our lives, and she will be deeply missed.”
Born on Aug. 25, 1935, in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, she married George Steinbrenner on May 12, 1956.