Terrible news this morning: according to multiple reports, Red Wings legend and Hockey Hall of Famer Gordie Howe has died at the age of 88. Howe, affectionately known as "Mr. Hockey," suffered a major stroke in October 2014 and was in advanced stages of dementia at the time of his death. Howe's health improved sufficiently enough to allow a few public appearances, but he never appeared to fully recover.
The man eponymous with the sport itself played professionally in five different decades and never stopped representing hockey in the best possible light. His death was announced by his son, Marty Howe.
Rest in peace, Gordie.
Statement from the Howe family:
Hockey legend Gordie Howe, age 88, passed away peacefully this morning with his family by his side. The Howe family would like to thank friends and fans for their love and support. Gordie had a special connection with Red Wings fans and was always touched by their commitment. We are celebrating the life of a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and a friend to all. Arrangements will be announced once they are finalized.