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Public visitation for Mike Ilitch set for Wednesday

Longtime Red Wings owner died Friday at 87 @NHL

A public visitation for longtime Detroit Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch will be held in the Grand Lobby of Fox Theatre in downtown Detroit from noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Ilitch, who also owned Major League Baseball's Detroit Tigers, died Friday at 87.

"To everyone who has so graciously remembered Mike Ilitch, we extend a heartfelt thank you," the Ilitch family said in a statement Sunday. "The volume of condolences and kind wishes overwhelms us, and we appreciate it more than words can express. We know that he would've been touched by the outpouring of support, especially from this community that he so loved. We will miss him tremendously, and we are grateful, humbled and comforted to know that his lifetime was filled with well-lived moments."

The public is invited to write messages at a temporary memorial display outside Comerica Park, home of the Tigers, beginning at 1 p.m. ET on Monday.

Ilitch bought the Red Wings in 1982, and they won the Stanley Cup four times under his ownership (1997, 1998, 2002, 2008). He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003 and into the International Franchise Association Hall of Fame in 2016.

Additional memorial events will be planned, including at Joe Louis Arena, the home of the Red Wings, and at the construction site of Little Caesars Arena, where the Red Wings will play their home games beginning next season.

The Ilitch family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Mike Ilitch be made to Ilitch Charities, The Detroit Red Wings Foundation and The Detroit Tigers Foundation.

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