Longtime MLB Owner Dies One Week Before Opening Day

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Peter Angelos, who owned the Baltimore Orioles for more than 30 years, died Saturday at the age of 94 as a new season and new era for the team were beginning.

No cause of death was released. Angelos had been in poor health for a few years, according to the Baltimore Banner.

Angelos’s public role with the team faded in recent years. He had surgery after his aortic valve failed in 2017, according to ESPN.

Angelos’s death comes days before opening day at Camden Yards and amid the process of finalizing the sale of the team.

“Today, Peter G. Angelos passed away quietly at the age of 94. Mr. Angelos had been ill for several years, and the family thanks the doctors, nurses, and caregivers who brought comfort to him in his final years,” a statement from the family that was released by the team said, according to WBAL-TV.

“It was Mr. Angelos’ wish to have a private burial, and the family asks for understanding as they honor that request. Donations may be sent to charity in lieu of flowers,” the statement said,

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