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4/20/2013 1:32 P.M. ET

Statement from the New York Yankees and the Steinbrenner family

Re: The passing of Al Neuharth

"The passing of Al Neuharth is an enormous loss to the world of journalism and to those who were fortunate to know him personally. Over the years he was a great friend to George M. Steinbrenner and the entire Yankees organization. As the founder of USA Today, he was a visionary in his industry, transforming how millions of Americans read their news every day. More importantly, he was a champion of equality and diversity in the workplace and leaves behind his other great legacy, the Freedom Forum, which continues to advocate for free speech and democracy. The Yankees family sends its deepest condolences to his wife, Rachel, and the entire Neuharth family."

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