TAMPA - Malcolm Glazer, the controversial American owner of English Premier League giants Manchester United, died Wednesday. He was 85.
Glazer -- the son of a Lithuanian immigrant who went on to build an diverse business empire -- gained a global profile through his ownership of United, one of the world's biggest and best supported football clubs.
But he was deeply unpopular with hardcore United fans after loading the club with hundreds of millions of dollars in debt following a 2005 buyout.
His death was announced on the website of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers American football team, one of his other sports franchises.
"The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are saddened to announce the passing of Owner/President Malcolm Glazer earlier this morning at the age of 85," the statement said.
"A dynamic business leader, Glazer helped mold the Buccaneers into a model franchise and one respected league-wide."