(ESPN) H. Wayne Huizenga, the founding owner of the Florida Marlins and Florida Panthers, as well as the former owner of the Miami Dolphins, died Thursday night at his home. He was 80.
Valerie Hinkell, a longtime assistant to Huizenga, told The Associated Press of Huizenga’s death when reached at the family residence Friday. She gave no details on cause of death.
Huizenga was a billionaire who created Fortune 500 companies such as Waste Management, Inc., Blockbuster Video and AutoNation. He simultaneously owned the Dolphins, Marlins and Panthers from 1994 to 1998, becoming the first person to own teams in three major sports leagues.