- Wallace Matthews, ESPN Staff Writer
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NEW YORK -- Yankees principal owner Hal Steinbrenner issued a statement on the death of former New Jersey Nets and Devils owner Lewis Katz, who passed away in a plane crash on Saturday:
“The New York Yankees are deeply saddened by the tragic passing of Lewis Katz last night. We would like to express our deepest, heartfelt sympathies to his family.
“Lewis was a minority owner of the Yankees and a valued, long-time friend and colleague to so many of us within the organization. We will cherish his sense of humor, intellect, and deep sense of philanthropy. Lewis had a huge heart and was always there when someone needed help. He will forever be remembered.”