Mar 9, 2014 2:41 PM

Lions owner William Clay Ford Sr. passes away at age 88

DETROIT - William Clay Ford Sr, the owner of the NFL's Detroit Lions has died at the age of 88.

He was the last surviving grandson of Henry Ford, the founder of Ford Motor Company. He helped lead the automotive giant for more than five decades as an employee and a long time board member.

The company said Ford died of pneumonia at his home.

Ford bought the Detroit Lions in 1963 and became a very well known owner throughout the league.

"It is with profound sadness that we mourn the loss of Mr. Ford and extend our deepest sympathies to Mrs. Ford and to the entire Ford family," Lions President Tom Lewand said in a statement. "No owner loved his team more than Mr. Ford loved the Lions. Those of us who had the opportunity to work for Mr. Ford knew of his unyielding passion for his family, the Lions and the city of Detroit."



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