David Reinsdorf, the son of Chicago White Sox and Chicago Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, died on March 3, 2014, at the age of 51. He was a successful real estate executive and a devoted family man who left behind a wife and four children. His death was a shock to his loved ones and the sports community, who remembered him as a kind, generous, and passionate person.
A Promising Career in Real Estate
David Reinsdorf was born on June 15, 1962, in Chicago, Illinois, to Jerry and Martyl Reinsdorf. He graduated from the University of Arizona in 1985 with a degree in finance. He then joined his father’s real estate company, Balcor, where he worked as a financial analyst and later as a vice president.
In 1992, he founded Michigan Avenue Real Estate Group, a firm that specialized in acquiring, developing, and managing commercial properties in the Chicago area. He served as the senior vice president of asset management and oversaw a portfolio of more than 2 million square feet of office, retail, and industrial space. According to Crain’s Chicago Business, he was “known for his keen eye for value and his ability to turn around underperforming assets.”
David Reinsdorf was also involved in several civic and charitable organizations, such as the Jewish United Fund, the Anti-Defamation League, and the Chicago Children’s Museum. He was a board member of the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center and the Chicago Sports Commission. He also supported his father’s sports teams and attended many games and events.
A Sudden and Mysterious Death
On March 3, 2014, David Reinsdorf was found dead in his home in Northbrook, Illinois, by his wife, Karen. He had been suffering from a cold and had taken some medication before going to bed the night before. The cause of his death was not immediately revealed, but it was later reported that he had died of a pulmonary embolism, a blood clot in the lungs, according to the Chicago Tribune.
His death was a devastating blow to his family, friends, and colleagues, who expressed their grief and condolences in various statements and tributes. His father, Jerry Reinsdorf, said in a statement that he was “heartbroken” and that David was “a wonderful son, brother, father, and husband.” His brother, Michael Reinsdorf, said that David was “a great friend, mentor, and role model” who had “a positive impact on everyone he met.”
The Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Bulls also issued statements to honor David Reinsdorf and offer their sympathy to his family. Both teams held a moment of silence before their games on March 3 and March 4, respectively. The White Sox wore a patch with David’s initials on their uniforms for the rest of the season.
David Reinsdorf’s funeral was held on March 5, 2014, at Temple Jeremiah in Northfield, Illinois. It was attended by hundreds of people, including many prominent figures from the sports, business, and political worlds. Among them were NBA commissioner Adam Silver, former Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley, and Illinois governor Pat Quinn.
David Reinsdorf’s legacy lives on through his family, his work, and his philanthropy. He is remembered as a successful and respected businessman, a loving and supportive husband and father, and a generous and compassionate human being. His death is a tragic loss for the Reinsdorf family and the Chicago community.