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Jon Richardson dies at 53

Jon Richardson, the oldest son of Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, died Tuesday after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 53.

"We are very saddened to learn of the passing of Jon Richardson. He was a great friend of many people throughout the organization and played an integral role in the history of the Panthers in the building of Bank of America Stadium. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Richardson family," the team said in a statement.

Jon Richardson was president of Panthers Stadium LLC from 1994 (the year before the expansion Panthers began play) until 2009.

His brother, Mark, also served as team president during that same time frame. Jon and Mark later resigned reportedly because they had philosophical differences and were clashing. They, however, remained part of the ownership group.

Jon Richardson was a two-year starter at wide receiver for the University of North Carolina. He is survived by wife, Kathleen; son, Johnson, and daughters Rose and Claire.