Mel SouthardNEW YORK (AP) — Mel Southard, a former general counsel of the New York Yankees and chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission, has died. He was 67.
NEW YORK (AP) — Mel Southard, a former general counsel of the New York Yankees and chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission, has died. He was 67.
His brother-in-law, Denis Cronin, said Southard died Thursday from what is “highly likely a heart attack.” Cronin said an autopsy will be performed.
A graduate of Colgate University and Fordham School of Law, Southard spent seven years as an intellectual property lawyer before serving as general counsel of the Yankees from 1982-1986.
“We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Mel Southard earlier today. He was a trusted adviser to Mr. Steinbrenner and a friend to countless others during his tenure with the organization,” the Yankees said in a statement. “The Yankees extend their sympathies and thoughts to the family and friends of Mr. Southard during this difficult time.”
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