Mexican Jorge Vergara
, best known as the owner of Liga MX club Chivas based in Guadalajara, died on Friday of a heart attack while in New York City.
Vergara was 64.
“With deep sadness and pain in my heart, I communicate to you that my father, Jorge Carlos Vergara Madrigal, passed from this life due to cardiac failure,” his son Amaury
“We honor my father the way he always taught us with his example: working day in and day out, taking care of others and reaching our dreams.”
Vergara, who made his fortune in
the supplement company Omnilife, rejuvenated Chivas, one of Mexico's most popular clubs, after buying it in 2002. Three years later, he started Chivas USA, which played 10 seasons in MLS before
folding after the 2014 campaign.
Chivas won Liga MX's Apertura 2006 and Clausura 2017 and the Copa MX's Apertura 2015 and Clausura 2017. It also captured the 2018 Concacaf Champions
League under head coach Matias Almeyda
, now the coach at San Jose in MLS.