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Colorado Rockies President Keli McGregor found dead in hotel room [Updated]

April 20, 2010 | 11:00 am

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Colorado Rockies President Keli McGregor was found dead in a Salt Lake City hotel room at 9 a.m. MDT Tuesday, according to local police.

Salt Lake police Det. Rick Wall said nothing suspicious was found after police responded to a call from the Grand America Hotel in the downtown area and found McGregor in his room.

"He did pass away of natural causes," Wall said. "The official cause of death will be investigated by the Salt Lake City Medical Examiner's Office."

According to Wall, McGregor, 48, was in town on business with the Rockies. Two associates were unable to reach McGregor, and someone entered his hotel room and found him unconscious, Wall said.

Police were called and emergency workers arrived but were unable to revive him.

Wall said the investigation has been turned over to the medical examiner's office.

McGregor, 48, has been the team's president for the last seven seasons and has been with the team since 1993, according to the team's website.

[Updated, 11:43 a.m.:

According to the Rockies, 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."

McGregor is survived by his wife, Lori, three daughters and a son. He was a two-time All-American tight end at Colorado State, where he ranked fifth on the school's all-time receptions list. He was voted to Colorado State's all-century team in 1992 and was named to the CSU Hall of Fame in 1996.

McGregor was selected by the Denver Broncos in the fourth round of the 1985 NFL draft and also played for the Colts and Seahawks during his brief pro career.]

-- Chuck Schilken

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Keli McGregor in April 2009. Credit: David Zalubowski / Associated Press.

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