Former Ravens owner Art Modell died of natural causes this morning at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He was 87.
Modell brought the Ravens to Baltimore in 1996. As owner of the Ravens and Browns, he had a decorated 43-year career in football that included 28 winning seasons, two championships and three other title appearances. He has been a regular finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Former Ravens president David Modell issued this statement:
"Sadly, I can confirm that my father died peacefully of natural causes at four this morning. 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."