Former Ravens and Browns owner Art Modell died of natural causes late Thursday at John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
Modell was an integral part in helping build the NFL into the money making machine it is today, but he will be forever remembered by Browns fans for infamously moving the franchise to Baltimore after the 1995 season.
Here’s the statement released by Modell’s son, David:
“Sadly, I can confirm that my father died peacefully of natural causes at four this morning,” former Ravens president David Modell said in a statement. “My brother, John Modell, and I were with him when he finally rejoined the absolute love of his life, my mother Pat Modell, who passed away last October.
“‘Poppy’ was a special man who was loved by his sons, his daughter-in-law Michel, and his six grandchildren. Moreover, he was adored by the entire Baltimore community for his kindness and generosity. And, he loved Baltimore. He made an important and indelible contribution to the lives of his children, grandchildren and his entire community. We will miss him.”