DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Mike Ilitch (aged 87)
Macedonian-American founder and owner of Little Caesars Pizza
Michael Ilitch Sr. (July 20, 1929 – February 10, 2017) was an American entrepreneur, founder and owner of the international fast food franchise Little Caesars Pizza. He owned the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League and Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball.
DEATH: Ilitch died on February 10, 2017, at the age of 87 in Detroit, Michigan. The Red Wings wore a patch on their right shoulders in his memory, which featured his nickname “Mr. I” in a rectangle, for the remainder of the season; in addition, the nickname was featured on the ice at Joe Louis Arena, being painted on the center section of the rink, facing the Red Wings’ bench. The Detroit Tigers also wore a black patch with his nickname “Mr. I’ in a circle on the right sleeve of their home and away jerseys. In the aftermath of this death, his son, Christopher, took control of Ilitch Holdings and its properties.