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Colorado Rockies President McGregor Found Dead

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Colorado Rockies president Keli McGregor, 48, was found dead in a Salt Lake City hotel room. He was on a business trip with other senior members of Rockies' management.

Police officials said all initial signs were of McGregor's death being from natural causes, according to the Denver Post.

The Rockies issued a statement:

Keli S. McGregor, Colorado Rockies Team President, was found dead this morning in his hotel room in Salt Lake City, Utah. McGregor 48, was in Utah on a business trip with team Chairman & CEO Charlie Monfort and Executive Vice President, Greg Feasel.

No details surrounding McGregor's death are known or available at this time. Additional details will be made available as they can be confirmed by proper authorities.

"Words cannot describe the level of shock and disbelief that we all are feeling this morning at the loss of Keli," said Charlie Monfort. "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."

The Post had these additional details:

John Youngren, a vice president at Love Communications in Salt Lake City, told the Salt Lake Tribune that McGregor was in Salt Lake City with four other team officials, including co-owner Charlie Monfort. The five attended a "VIP barbecue" in Salt Lake Monday night, with a goal of promoting the team in Utah.

Two of the officials left Salt Lake City Monday night after the barbecue, Youngren said. The other three, including McGregor, were to leave today.

One of those Rockies officials, whose identity has not yet been released, tried reaching McGregor this morning but was unable to get an answer and asked the hotel to check on him. That's when police were called.

As Rockies players learned of the news this morning, they reacted in stunned disbelief. One prominent player kept asking for it to be repeated, unable to wrap his arms around the idea because of McGregor's impeccable fitness level. McGregor worked out most days, and was considered in top physical shape.

One of McGregor's major accomplishments was orchestrating the Rockies' move from their spring training home in Tuscon to a new faciltity near Scottsdale. The Rockies are scheduled to move to their new home next spring...

... McGregor was a two-time All-American tight end at Colorado State. He was drafted by the Broncos in the fourth round (110th overall) of the 1985 NFL draft. He played for the Broncos, Indianapolis and Seattle before retiring.

He was a multisport start at Lakewood High who grew to 6-foot-7, 270 pounds by the time he played for the Broncos.