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Founder of Little Ceasers Pizza and owner of Detroit Tigers and Red Wings has passed away today at the age of 87.

Statement from Olympia Entertainment:

“My father was a once-in-a-generation entrepreneur, visionary and leader, setting the tone for our organization and our family,” said Christopher Ilitch, President and CEO of Ilitch Holdings, Inc. “He made such a positive impact in the world of sports, in business and in the community, and we will remember him for his unwavering commitment to his employees, his passion for Detroit, his generosity to others and his devotion to his family and friends.

Together my family and the company celebrate the tremendous man he was, and we will continue to work hard to uphold his remarkable legacy. I’m honored to have had the opportunity to work with him to nurture and grow our businesses, but mostly, I’m grateful to have called him my Dad, and I know my siblings feel the same.”

Mike Ilitch leaves his wife of 61 years, 7 adult children, 22 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

His memory will live on throughout the streets of Detroit. RIP.

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