ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The owner of the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers died Friday at age 87.

The family of Little Caesars pizza magnate Mike Ilitch confirms Ilitch died in a Michigan hospital, but provided no other details.

Ilitch took over ownership of the Red Wings in 1982.

St. Louis Blues Chairman Tom Stillman issued the following statement:

“The Blues organization would like to extend our condolences to the Ilitch family, including Mike’s wife Marian, their seven children, many grandchildren and extended family. Mr. Ilitch was a passionate leader, not only for the Red Wings and the city of Detroit, but also the National Hockey League. His tireless work made a positive and lasting impact in sports, business and in his community.”

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