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Yanks express sympathy regarding Neuharth's death

TORONTO -- The Yankees expressed their condolences on Saturday upon hearing of the passing of Al Neuharth, the founder of USA Today.

Neuharth died at the age of 89 at his home in Cocoa Beach, Fla., on Friday and is viewed as an extremely influential figure in print media.

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"The passing of Al Neuharth is an enormous loss to the world of journalism and to those who were fortunate to know him personally," the Yankees and the Steinbrenner family said through a statement. "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."

Neuharth, who launched USA Today in 1982, married three times and is survived by his wife Rachel, with whom he adopted six children.

Chris Toman is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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