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Penguins statements on the passing of Andrew Burkle

by Pittsburgh Penguins @penguins / Media Release

Photo of Ron Burkle (center) with sons John (left) and Andrew (right) at the 2017 Stanley Cup Final.

Andrew Burkle, 27, son of Penguins co-owner Ron Burkle, passed away Monday at his home in California.

"We are shocked and deeply saddened to learn of Andrew Burkle's passing and offer our deepest condolences to Ron and his family," said Penguins co-owner Mario Lemieux. "Drew was a bright, creative, energetic young man with a dynamic future ahead of him. Everyone in our organization knows that he was such a big part of his Dad's life, and one of the many things they shared together was their love of Penguins hockey. My friend Ron knows that we are here if he needs us. Our hearts are heavy."

"I knew Drew Burkle since he was a little boy and my grief and sadness at this sudden news is hard to describe," said Penguins president and CEO David Morehouse. "I never met anyone with such a kind heart, gentle spirit and humility, all wrapped up in love and respect for his Dad. He was a young man so full of life, so full of energy. He will be missed."

"On behalf of myself and the entire Penguins team, we want to express our deepest sympathy to Ron Burkle and his family," said Penguins captain Sidney Crosby. "Ron and Andrew spent a lot of time together watching the team. We were very fortunate to know Andrew. He was a kind and humble person, and we will all miss seeing him around the room."

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