Jerry Richardson Cause Of Death
Jerry Richardson, the Carolina Panthers’ former owner, and founder died Wednesday evening, the team announced Thursday. Panthers owners David and Nicole Tepper announced the news on the team’s website on Thursday. It read: “Jerry Richardson’s contributions to professional football in the Carolinas are historic,”
“With the arrival of the Panthers in 1995, he changed the landscape of sports in the region and gave the NFL fans here a team to call their own. He was incredibly gracious to me when I purchased the team, and for that I am thankful. Nicole and I extend our deepest condolences to Rosalind, the entire Richardson family, and their loved ones. We wish them much peace and comfort.”
As of Thursday afternoon, the team had not released any additional information about Richardson’s death.
Who was Jerry Richardson?
Jerome Johnson Richardson Sr. was a businessman, football player, and NFL owner from the United States (NFL). He founded and owned the Carolina Panthers franchise from 1995 to 2018. When the Carolina Panthers were unanimously awarded the NFL’s 29th franchise on October 26, 1993, Richardson became the first former NFL player to become an owner since George Halas. The Panthers would represent and benefit the entire region, not just Charlotte and North Carolina.
Richardson owned the Panthers from its inception in 1993 until 2018 when Tepper paid more than $2.2 billion for the team. Richardson announced in December 2017 that he was selling the Panthers following an investigation into allegations of workplace misconduct against him.
Damning allegations against Richardson were uncovered further in a shocking Sports Illustrated report, which stated that the alleged behavior included sexually suggestive language and conduct. Following the investigation, the NFL fined Richardson $2.75 million. Tepper eventually paid $2.2 billion to the Panthers in 2018.
How Did Jerry Richardson Die?
Richardson died on March 1, 2023, at his Charlotte home.
Former Panthers TE Greg Olsen shared this tribute, following the news of Jerry Richardson’s death.
Olsen shared the initial “j” in his son’s T.J.’s name stands for Jerry, in honor of the former owner. Here’s why:pic.twitter.com/QZVRo4BGyC
— DaShawn Brown (@DaShawnWSOC9) March 2, 2023
.@nflcommish on the passing of Jerry Richardson. pic.twitter.com/OK9c6QvG4g
— Brian McCarthy (@NFLprguy) March 2, 2023
Limestone University wrote:
Limestone University is mourning the loss of Jerry Richardson, who passed away on Thursday, March 2. Richardson’s generous gift of $4.1 million, which is the largest in Limestone history, provided the funding for the Bob Prevatte Athletic Complex at the University.
Jonathan Stewart wrote:
We lost a Good one today! Rest in peace Jerry Richardson. Thankful that he Bet on me!
Carolina Panthers wrote:
We are saddened to hear about the passing of former owner Jerry Richardson.