Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Keli McGregor Colorado Rockies Death

Colorado Rockies team president, Keli McGregor, has passed away this morning in his hotel room at Grand America Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City.

Keli S. McGregor joined to Colorado Rookies in 1993 aas senior director of operations, became senior vice president in 1996, and executive vice president in 1998 before assuming the club’s presidency in 2001.

Police say they responded to a call from the Grand American Hotel, where they found McGregor deceased in his room.

More from Detective Rick Wall:

"We didn't see anything suspicious," Wall said. "He did pass away of natural causes. The official cause of death will be investigated by the Salt Lake City Medical Examiner's Office."


McGregor was 48 years old. He was with the organization since 1993, and was named president in 2001. He leaves behind a wife and four children.

More on this story as it develops.

Nationals right-hander Jason Marquis and center fielder Willy Taveras were saddened to learn that Rockies team president Keli McGregor was found dead in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Tuesday. No details surrounding McGregor's passing are known.

Marquis and Taveras were members of the Rockies during McGregor's tenure as president of the club. Both players said McGregor was a good person and was known to work out a lot.

"It's a big loss for his family and for his kids," Marquis said. "We had good conversations in the weight room. We were just talking baseball and the Rockies. My heart goes out to his family and the Rockies' organization.

"The loss is going to linger because he meant a lot to people in Colorado and the Denver area. He did some great things. You have to cherish every day you have and every moment that you have, whether you are at work or with your family."

Said Taveras, "To me, he was a great baseball guy. The guy was a big part of the success of the team. We went to the World Series. I used to see him pretty much every day. I would see him at the gym. The guy was working out -- great body, he looked in great shape. It was very surprising."

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