Mike Kennedy, the founding president of the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation, died Tuesday morning, the team confirmed.
"The Arizona Diamondbacks are heartbroken over the loss of Mike Kennedy, who not only helped create and launch the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation but has served as its president since inception," D-backs managing general partner Ken Kendrick and president and CEO Derrick Hall said in a statement.
"A dear friend to the organization, Mike was a pillar in the Arizona community for decades and his law firm, Gallagher & Kennedy, played a critical role in the founding of our franchise. He has touched the lives of so many and our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends."
The D-backs were already working on the dedication of Mike Kennedy Field in honor of Kennedy's contributions to the franchise and the D-backs Foundation at the time of his passing.
The Diamondbacks Foundation was founded in 1997 before Arizona's first season as a Major League Baseball team. Its goals are to help fight homelessness and support healthcare for the needy and children's programs, including education and those related to youth baseball and softball.
The D-backs and Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation have made over $70 million of contributions to charities and nonprofits since their establishment, with Kennedy the foundation's president for its entirety.