Gordie Howe's family thanks fans for love and support

Red Wings legend Gordie Howe passed away Friday morning after battling severe health issues for years, including a stroke in 2014.

His family issued this statement, thanking fans for their love and support:

Hockey legend Gordie Howe, age 88, passed away peacefully this morning with his family by his side. The Howe family would like to thank friends and fans for their love and support. Gordie had a special connection with Red Wings fans and was always touched by their commitment. We are celebrating the life of a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and a friend to all. Arrangements will be announced once they are finalized.

You can read more about Howe's career as a Red Wing here