DENVER - Colorado Rockies president Keli McGregor, who parlayed a lifelong love of sports into a short stint in the NFL before embarking on a career in the baseball business, was found dead in his hotel room in Salt Lake City yesterday.
Salt Lake City Detective Rick Wall said two of McGregor's associates couldn't get in touch with him and that someone entered his room at The Grand America Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City and found the 48-year-old McGregor unconscious yesterday morning. Police were called about 9 a.m. Emergency workers arrived on the scene and were unable to revive him.
"There are no signs of foul play . . . Based on the initial investigation [police and fire officials] did not see anything suspicious," Wall said. "There is nothing suspicious. At this point it would look like it was some sort of a natural cause or something along those lines."
Wall said the investigation has been turned over to the medical examiner's office, which will determine the cause and time of death.
McGregor was in his 17th season with the Rockies, his ninth as club president.
He is survived by his wife, Lori, three daughters and a son.
The Rockies said McGregor was on a business trip with team chairman and CEO Charlie Monfort and executive vice president Greg Feasel.
"Words cannot describe the level of shock and disbelief that we all are feeling this morning at the loss of Keli," Monfort said in a statement. "Our thoughts, our prayers are with Lori and the entire family as we all try to cope and understand how such a tragic loss could occur with such a wonderful man."