Founding president, general manager of DC United dead at 69

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D.C. United’s founding president and general manager Kevin Payne died Christmas Day. He was 69.

The Washington Post, who first broke the news, reported Payne’s cause of death was idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. D.C. United confirmed his death on Twitter, with the team offering condolences to Payne’s family.

“He will always be remembered as a dedicated champion of our club, MLS, our community and soccer in the U.S,” the statement read.

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