Chargers' Owner Alex Spanos Passes Away At 95

Los Angeles Chargers owner Alex Spanos shown here in 1997 died on Tuesday. He was 95-years-old. More

Los Angeles Chargers owner Alex Spanos shown here in 1997 died on Tuesday. He was 95-years-old. More

Alex Spanos, the founder of A.G. Spanos Companies and owner of the Chargers NFL Franchise, died on Tuesday morning.

Spanos purchased the San Diego Chargers in 1984, according to the statement. Over the next decade Spanos bought out shares of several minority owners, and now owns 97 percent of the team.

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Shawne Merriman tells TMZ Sports he's feeling pretty crappy today after learning Chargers owner Alex Spanos died. saying, "Just really sorry for the loss, man".

The pinnacle of Spanos' ownership was the Chargers reaching the Super Bowl after the 1994 season.

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Spanos, who was born to Greek immigrants in 1923, was an aerospace engineering major at Cal Poly in 1941 and 1942, but left to enlist in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1945, according to a biography on Cal Poly's website and the family's statement. One of six children, Spanos built a billion-dollar fortune in real estate and construction. "Alex Spanos has done so much for the organization". They became prolific philanthropists, donating to causes related to schools, children, the arts and hospitals.

Faye and Alex Spanos leave behind 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

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