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Congresswoman Debbie Dingell

Representing the 12th District of Michigan

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Dingell Statement on the Passing of Mike Ilitch

February 10, 2017
Press Release

DEARBORN, MI - U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) released the following statement on the passing of Detroit entrepreneur and Red Wings and Tigers owner Mike Ilitch.

"Mike Ilitch was a giant for Detroit and Southeast Michigan who spent his life nurturing and giving back to the city and state he loved. His drive and vision - and passion for sports - helped contribute to the revival of downtown Detroit, helped make us the pizza capital of the world, and brought us four Stanley Cups and two trips to the World Series. Through it all, Mike never lost touch. He was a real guy, and as much as he loved Detroit, his true love was his wife Marian and their seven children. John and I were honored to call Mike a friend, and our prayers are with Marian and the family."