New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson dead at 90
NEW ORLEANS - Tom Benson, one of the most influential men in all of Louisiana, has died Thursday.
According to the New Orleans Saints, Benson passed away at age 90 at Ochsner Medical Center with his wife Gayle Marie Benson by his side. Benson owned both the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans sports teams.
Benson had been admitted to the intensive care unit at Ochsner on Feb. 21, where he was treated for flu-like symptoms. Four days later, a spokesperson said Benson was receiving “exemplary care for the flu” but was stable. On March 6, the team said Benson was showing “signs of improving.”
Numerous figures across the country have spoken out after Benson's death, including Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and former President George H.W. Bush.