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Former Miami Dolphins Owner Wayne Huizenga Has Died

A Miami Dolphins helmet sitting on the field.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 31: The helmet of Jakeem Grant #19 of the Miami Dolphins is seen as he takes a knee during warmups before the preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings on August 31, 2017 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

H. Wayne Huizenga, who formerly owned the Miami Dolphins, Florida Panthers and Florida Marlins, has passed away at the age of 80.

Former Miami Dolphins owner H. Wayne Huizenga, who also once owned the Florida Panthers and the Florida Marlins, died Friday at the age of 80.

Huizenga was a billionaire who founded three Fortune 500 companies - Blockbuster Video, Waste Management and AutoNation. A recent statistic pegged his net worth at around $2.6 billion.

CNBC obtained a statement from AutoNation CEO Mike Jackson:

"Wayne was our Founder, and we would not be the company we are today without the spirit, drive, energy, and vision he gave us. Wayne is at the very core of our culture.

To me personally, today, I lost both my mentor and my best friend, H. Wayne Huizenga. Alice and I will miss the sparkle in his eye we came to love.

Wayne was one-of-a-kind whose business success is unmatched and might never be repeated. Wayne was one of the greatest entrepreneurs in the history of business, leaving a lasting mark in sports, community and business. His Legacy burns brighter than anyone."

Jackson also posted a nice note on Twitter.

Huizenga actually founded both the Marlins and the Panthers. He purchased 15% of the Dolphins in 1990, and later bought the entire franchise in 1993. He eventually sold his stake in all three franchises.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Huizenga's family and friends.