Detroit Tigers and Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch died Friday at the age of 87,his company, Ilitch Holdings Inc. announced.A staple in the city of Detroit, Ilitch also founded theLittle Caesars Pizza chainand owned the historic Fox Theatre. His family Willson Contreras Jersey -owned company also operated Joe Louis, Cobo, and Little Caesars arenas, among other busine ses.MORE:Notable sports deaths of 2017Under Ilitch, the Red Wings won four Stanley Cup championships and his Tigers went to the World Series twice.pic.twitter.com/0VkRgm7eaW Detroit Tigers (@tigers) February 11, 2017"My father was a once-in-a-generation entrepreneur, visionary and leader, setting the tone for our organization and our family, said Christopher Ilitch, President and CEO of Ilitch Holdings, Inc., in a statement released by the company. "He made such a positive impact in the world of sports, in busine s and in the community, and we will remember him for his unwavering commitment to his employees, his pa sion for Detroit, his generosity to others and his devotion to his family and friends."Together my family and the company celebrate the tremendous man he was, and we will continue to work hard to uphold his Chicago Cubs White Jerseys remarkable legacy.Im honored to have had the opportunity to work with him to nurture and grow our busine ses, but mostly, Im grateful to have called him Kris Bryant Cool Base White Jersey my Dad, and I know my siblings feel the same."Ilitch companies employ 23,000 full-time and part-time colleagues worldwide, according to the Detroit Free Pre s. The companies posted revenues of $3.4 billion in 2016.In 2016,Forbes magazine listed Ilitch and his wife, Marian as the No. 88 wealthiest people with a net worth of $5.4 billion.Marian, who ownsthe Motor City Casino, was married to Mike for 61 years.In 1982, Ilitchbought the Red Wings for $8 million and turned the franchise into a succe s story all profe sional sports teams came to adorn. The Wings have made the playoffs 25 years in a row underIlitch.Ilitch bought the Tigers in 1992 from Dominos Pizza founder Tom Monaghan and eventually turned the team from losers into big-spending winners. He moved the Tigers intoComerica Park in 2000 and experienced his players win everything from the MVP to Cy Young Award. A World Series title, however, eluded him."Mike Ilitch was far more than a model owner of the Tigers franchise, the team he loved all his life and played for as a minor leaguer," MLB commi sioner Rob Manfred said in a statement released Friday evening. "He Chicago Cubs Cool Base Royal Jersey was also a fierce believer in his home city of Detroit, and the role that the Tigers and sports played in contributing to civic pride and renewal."Mr. Ilitch led a decorated life of service to his country, accomplishment in busine s and philanthropy in all of his endeavors. He was also extremely supportive of me both personally and Jackie Robinson Jersey profe sionally. On behalf of all of Major League Baseball and Mr. Ilitch's countle s friends and admirers throughout the game, I extend my deepest condolences to his wife Marian and their entire family, the Tigers organization, their fans and his fellow citizens of Detroit."Ilitch and his wife of 61 years, Marian, had seven children. Marian Ilitch and three of the couple's daughters are among only 12 women to have their names engraved into the Stanley Cup.