Detroit Lions release statement on death of Mike Ilitch

Mike Ilitch dies at age 87

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DETROIT – The Detroit Lions released a statement Friday after the death of Tigers and Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch.

Here's the full statement from Lions team president Rod Wood:

"On behalf of the Martha Ford Family and the Detroit Lions, we extend our deepest and most sincere sympathies to the Ilitch Family and to the Red Wings, Tigers, Little Caesars and Olympia Entertainment organizations on the passing of Mike Ilitch.

"Mr. Ilitch's many positive contributions to our city and region will be everlasting and will greatly impact future generations of our community. His leadership of the Red Wings and Tigers truly set a standard of excellence.

"We send our thoughts and prayers to the Ilitch Family and to every member of the Red Wings, Tigers, Little Caesars and Olympia Entertainment organizations.
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