It represented another example of the Web becoming a bona-fide medium as a source of breaking news. DiMaggio died at his home in Hollywood, Florida, shortly after midnight, the reports said.
"So Long Joe," said a headline on the front page of ABC News' Web site. It also offered a bulletin board for fans to post memories of the Yankee Clipper.
CNN offered a number of articles, including a column by a CNN/Sports Illustrated writer.
Chat rooms and bulletin boards began filling up with messages. "I am in no way a fan of New York, but in every way a fan of Joe. He was a cornerstone of the game of baseball," one message read.
The New York Yankees Web site also carried news of DiMaggio's death on the front page.