Colorado Rockies president found dead in Salt Lake City |

Colorado Rockies president found dead in Salt Lake City

Colorado Rockies hitting instructor Don Baylor, left, talked with team president Keli S. McGregor prior to batting practice Friday afternoon. The Colorado Rockies hosted the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field Friday night, July 24, 2009. Karl Gehring/ The Denver Post

Colorado Rockies President Keli McGregor was found dead in a hotel room in Salt Lake City at 9 a.m. today, according to Salt Lake City Police.

Salt Lake Det. Rick Wall said police responded to the Grand America Hotel in downtown Salt Lake City and found McGregor in his room.

“We didn’t see anything suspicious,” Wall said. “He did pass away of natural causes. The official cause of death will be investigated by the Salt Lake City Medical Examiner’s Office.”

The Rockies were notified by Salt Lake City Police and were planning a statement, but had no immediate comment.

Wall said McGregor was in Salt Lake City on Rockies’ business. An associate who traveled to Salt Lake City with him had 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.

McGregor, 48, 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.

McGregor ranks third on CSU’s single-season reception list (69) and stands fifth on the all-time reception list with 153. He was voted to the school’s All-Century Team in 1992 and was inducted into the CSU’s Hall of Fame in 1996.

McGregor was named president of the Rockies on Oct. 18, 2001. He was beginning his 17th season with the organization.

McGregor began his career with the Rockies in October 1993 as senior director of operations. He was promoted to senior vice president in 1996 and executive vice president in 1998.

McGregor was born in Primgahr, Iowa. McGregor and his wife, Lori, have four children.

His father, Brian McGregor, was a 30-year football coach at Arvada West High after playing in the Canadian Football League.

During his freshman year at CSU, Keli McGregor met Michael McMorris, son of Jerry, who at the time was an athletic booster who ran a trucking company. When McMorris became the Rockies’ president and chief executive officer, he knew who he wanted to help run the franchise someday. McGregor didn’t apologize for his close friendship to Mike, who died of cystic fibrosis just before the start of the 1996 season.

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