David Reinsdorf dies at age 51

CHICAGO -- David Reinsdorf, the 51-year-old son of Chicago White Sox and Chicago Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, has died, both teams announced Monday.

No cause of death was listed for David Reinsdorf, who was the senior vice president of asset management for Michigan Avenue Real Estate Group in Northbrook, according to Crain’s Chicago Business.

A moment of silence was observed in Glendale, Ariz., prior to Monday’s spring training game between the White Sox and the Kansas City Royals.

The White Sox and Bulls both released statements on David Reinsdorf’s passing:

“The Reinsdorf family has suffered a terrible loss today with the untimely passing of son David Reinsdorf, age 51. Jerry, Martyl and the entire Reinsdorf family appreciate the sympathetic thoughts and prayers from all of their friends and acquaintances, however, the family members do request privacy and your understanding at this time as they deal with this very personal loss.”

Jerry Reinsdorf, who has four children and eight grandchildren, headed the limited partnership that purchased the White Sox in 1981. He purchased controlling interest of the Bulls in 1985. In 2010, Jerry Reinsdorf’s son Michael was named president and chief operating officer of the Bulls.

It is the second death to affect the White Sox in the past five days as reliever Daniel Webb left camp Thursday night after a death in his family.

“First with Webby and now with this,” manager Robin Ventura told reporters in Arizona after Monday’s Cactus League victory over the Kansas City Royals. “It’s tough any time anything on the outside happens. It just wakes you up for what’s important. I think it’s sad around here just because it’s Jerry and how much people care about him and his family. It’s a tough day for us.