BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) _ Buffalo Bills President Russ Brandon has told NFL owners that Bills owner Ralph Wilson has died.
Brandon made the announcement at the league's winter meetings in Orlando on Tuesday. Wilson was 95.
The cause of death not revealed, but Wilson had been in failing health for several years.
Wilson was the founder and sole owner of the Bills after establishing the team with the upstart American Football League in 1960. He was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame in 2009.
Western New York Congressman Chris Collins issued the following statement:
"The people of Buffalo and Western New York have lost a true gentleman and friend. While not a local resident, Ralph Wilson keenly understood what it meant to be a Western New Yorker and how much the team he built means to our community. It was my great honor as a Member of Congress and as the former Erie County Executive to work with him, and I am deeply saddened by his loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and the entire Buffalo Bills organization during this time."
(The Associated Press contributed to this report)