"Laura and I are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend, Mike Ilitch. Mike was a great citizen of our country, a self-made man with talent, drive, and a huge heart. My favorite memories with Mike are of our discussions about our shared love, baseball. Another of Mike's passions was his beloved Detroit. He generously gave back to his city and made it a better place.
Most of all, Mike loved his family a lot. Tonight, Laura and I hold Marian and the entire Ilitch family in our thoughts and prayers, and we send them our heartfelt condolences."