"We not only lost a sports legend today, but also one of the most iconic, impactful and beloved people our community will ever know.
"Gordie Howe's imprint on the city of Detroit, the state of Michigan and the game of hockey was generational and ever-lasting. While he was "Mr. Hockey" to the sports world, he was that and so much more to Detroiters and Michiganders. He was a true gentleman and an inspiration to so many. His legacy will undoubtedly live on forever.
"On behalf of Mrs. Ford, her family and the Detroit Lions organization, we offer our deepest sympathies to Marty, Mark, Cathy, Murray; the entire Howe Family; and the Detroit Red Wings organization."