Colorado Rockies President Keli McGregor passes away at 48

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Major Baseball League Colorado Rockies President Keli McGregor, 48, was found dead in a Salt Lake City hotel, as stated of the Colorado Rockies website. McGregor was President of the Colorado Rockies, of the Major Baseball League.

President of the Colorado Rockies, Keli McGregor, was found unconscious in a Salt Lake City hotel room on Tuesday morning, April 20, 2010. Foul play is not suspected.

On Tuesday, April 20, 2010, McGregor was found unconcious in his room at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City. The Colorado Rockies official website states that Det. Rick Wall made a statement that police were called to the Grand America Hotel in in downtown Salt Lake City at around 9:00 a.m. MT. Members of the fire department and paramedic were unable to revive McGregor, who was traveling on business with team chairman and CEO Charlie Monfort and executive vice president Greg Feasel.

Detective Wall said that there was no suspicion of foul play and that McGregor's death was 'consistent with natural causes.' The investigation has been turned over the the Utah State Medical Examiner's Office.

McGregor had been president of the Colorado Rockies since October 17, 2001. McGregor joined the Rockies in 1993 as senior director of operations, became senior vice president in 1996, and executive vice president in 1998 before assuming the club's presidency.

Commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement, “On behalf of Major League Baseball, I am very saddened by the sudden and unexpected passing of Keli McGregor,As president of the Colorado Rockies, Keli 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. I offer my condolences and deepest sympathies to his family, friends and the Rockies ballclub."

Prior to joining the Colorado Rockies, McGregor had a long career in football as a player and coach, and in collegiate athletics as an administrator.

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