Malcolm Glazer (Getty Images)

American businessman – Malcolm Glazer, who owned Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Manchester United has died aged 85. The news was announced by the American football club Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the club he owned for nearly 30 years.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers said he passed away on Wednesday morning and described him as a “pioneering thinker” and “dynamic business leader”. The 85-year-old was believed to have had endured a series of health problems since suffering a stroke in 2006.

Malcolm Glazer, the head of the Glazer family that owns 90 per cent of Manchester United (10 per cent shares listed on New York Stock Exchange), lived in Palm Beach, Florida. He bought the English Premier League club in 2005 – sparking a number of protests in the city as the buyout controversially saddled the club with hundreds of millions of dollars in debt.

After becoming the owner, Manchester United has won five English Premier League titles (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2013), as well as the 2008 Champions League title.

Glazer leaves behind his wife, Linda, six children and 14 grandchildren. The ownership of Manchester United is evenly split between Joel, Avram and siblings Bryan, Kevin, Edward and Darcie Glazer-Kassewitz.