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Private funeral now, public memorial later for Boss

The family of George Steinbrenner, who died Tuesday of a heart attack at 80, announced today that The Boss' funeral would be a private affair. A public memorial service is being planned and details will be announced next week.

Media outlets have reported that the funeral will likely be this weekend in Tampa, Fla.

The family also released a statement: "We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks for the many kind words of condolence. We have been deeply moved by the generous outpouring of love and affection for George."

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to any of the following charities:

The Silver Shield Foundation

866 United Nations Plaza, Suite 307

New York, NY 10017

(212) 832-1100

Special Operation Warrior Foundation

P.O. Box 13483

Tampa, FL 33681-3483

(813) 805-9400

The Gold Shield Foundation of Tampa

P.O. Box 271791

Tampa, FL 33688-1791

(813) 969-0417

Boys and Girls Clubs of Tampa Bay

1307 North MacDill Avenue

Tampa, FL 33607

(813)769-7523

In support of Bronx based Boys and Girls Clubs:

Boys and Girls Club of America (Northeast)

5 Hanover Square, 3rd Floor

New York, NY 10004-2657

(212) 377-6405