LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) — Longtime Chargers owner Alex Spanos died Tuesday morning, according to a statement released by his family. He was 95.
“It is with heavy hearts that the Spanos family announces the death of Alexander Gus Spanos, founder of A.G. Spanos Companies and owner of the Chargers NFL Franchise. Alex passed away peacefully surrounded by his loved ones on Tuesday morning.”
Born the son of Greek immigrants in 1923, Spanos made a name for himself as a real estate developer, building and operating apartment buildings. In 1984, he purchased the San Diego Chargers and ran the club for more than two decades before he passed oversight of the day-to-day of the business to his children.
He also oversaw the team’s outreach efforts, including the establishment of the Chargers Community Foundation, which supported numerous critical causes, individuals in need and organizations supporting the community.
As well, he and his wife Faye contributed to numerous worthy causes and charities over the years, including hospitals, universities, scholarship funds, youth programs, sports programs, churches, and schools.
Spanos was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 70 years, who died in August at age 92.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said of Spanos in a statement: “He was a marvelous friend and partner, whose impact on the NFL will never be forgotten. We all benefited from Alex’s compassion, character and zest for football and life.”
According to the Spanos family, funeral arrangements are pending.