Colorado Rockies President Keli McGregor was found dead this morning in a Salt Lake City hotel room. He was 48.
McGregor was in Utah on a business trip with other Rockies team executives, the Major League Baseball team said in a statement on its Web site.
“Words cannot describe the level of shock and disbelief that we all are feeling this morning at the loss of Keli,” said Charlie Monfort, the team’s chairman and chief executive officer. “Our thoughts, our prayers are with (wife) Lori and the entire family as we all try to cope and understand how such a tragic loss could occur with such a wonderful man.”
Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement that McGregor was “one of our game’s rising young stars. He was a great athlete and equally great as a baseball administrator. Also, he was a great human being. All of baseball will miss him.”
McGregor’s body was discovered at the Grand America Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City, according to the Denver Post, which reported the story earlier.
The death was likely due to natural causes, though it will be investigated by the city’s medical examiner’s office, the newspaper said, citing Salt Lake Detective Rick Wall.
McGregor joined the Rockies in 1993 and was named president in October 2001. Colorado reached its first World Series in 2007 before being swept by the Boston Red Sox. The team reached the postseason again last year, falling to the Philadelphia Phillies in four games.
McGregor was born on Jan. 23, 1962, in Primgahr, Iowa. A two-time All-American tight end at Colorado State, McGregor was drafted in the fourth round by the Denver Broncos in 1985. He played a season for Denver and another for the Indianapolis Colts before retiring.
He then was an assistant football coach at the University of Florida in 1988-89, earning a master’s degree in education with an emphasis on athletic administration. That was followed by four years as associate athletic director at the University of Arkansas before joining the Rockies.
He is survived by his wife and four children. Details on funeral services are pending.
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