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Report: Former Browns Owner Art Modell in Hospital Near Death

In a name that is sure to draw a reaction by Browns fans, former owner Art Modell is in a Baltimore area hospital where his condition is reportedly worsening and he is near death according to WKYC Channel 3’s Jim Donovan.

Family members, including his sons John and David, are gathered with the 87-year-old Modell at the hospital, where the report says his vital organs are failing.

Modell owned the Browns from 1961 to 199, and in a decision that still has fans irate, moved the team to Baltimore in 95 where they became known as the Ravens.

During Modell’s tenure as team owner the Browns made the postseason 17 times, including 11 division titles and the NFL championship in 1964. While owner of the Ravens, Modell and the team won Super Bowl XXXV.

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