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Peter Angelos, the billionaire lawyer and longtime owner of the Baltimore Orioles, died Saturday.

As a personal injury attorney, he secured millions in judgments against the asbestos and tobacco industries, representing local labor unions and the state of Maryland, respectively. He used his personal wealth to bring the Orioles back under local ownership in 1993, though his stewardship of the team over the ensuing years was often met with derision.

Tributes poured in from across the Baltimore region and throughout baseball following the news of Angelos’ death.

Incoming majority owner David Rubenstein

Rubenstein is leading a group to purchase a majority stake of the team that is awaiting a vote by MLB owners before it is finalized. Angelos’ death will not impact the impending sale, a Rubenstein spokesperson said

“I offer my deepest condolences to the Angelos family on the passing of Peter Angelos,” Rubenstein said in a statement. “Peter made an indelible mark first in business and then in baseball. The city of Baltimore owes him a debt of gratitude for his stewardship of the Orioles across three decades and for positioning the team for great success.”

Orioles manager Brandon Hyde

“I want to start out by offering my condolences to the Angelos family. I know he meant a lot to a lot of people in the city of Baltimore community and baseball. I just want to offer my sincere condolences to the family.”

“I am saddened to learn about the passing of Peter Angelos. As a native Baltimorean, Peter was an important figure in our city’s rich sports history. He was a smart businessman who wasn’t afraid to stand up to issues he felt were important. Above all, the impact Peter made through his philanthropic efforts left a lasting impression on our community. My heart goes out to the Angelos family during this difficult time.”

“I just learned of the passing of a true Baltimore icon. While I never met Peter Angelos, I know his legal, business, and sports legacy left a lasting mark on our state. I’m praying for his family and wishing him eternal rest.”

“Peter Angelos was a true Baltimorean. His impact on Baltimore & Baltimoreans will live for generations. Thank you, Peter, for never giving up on and always believing in our city! Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Angelos family & Orioles organization today.”

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