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Billionaire & NFL Team Owner Glazer Dies At 85

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Malcolm Glazer lets out a cheer  November 24, 2003 against the New York Giants  at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa.  (Source: Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Tampa Bay Buccaneers owner Malcolm Glazer lets out a cheer November 24, 2003 against the New York Giants at Raymond James Stadium, Tampa. (Source: Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Malcolm Glazer, the self-made billionaire who owned the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers and English soccer’s Manchester United, has died. He was 85.

The Bucs said Glazer died Wednesday.

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 in 2005.

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