So sad — but what a life lived.
NHL legend Gordie Howe died Friday morning at the age of 88, according to reports from the Detroit Red Wings, his former team.
The Saskatchewan-born athlete was truly a legend in the sport.
A Hall of Famer best known as Mr. Hockey, Howe holds NHL records for most games (1,767) and seasons (26), and is second in goals scored, only behind later legend Wayne Gretzky.
He won four Stanley Cup championships with the Red Wings, and played in the league until he was 52 — an unheard of age for a pro athlete, and a long enough career that he was actually able to take the ice professionally with his two sons.
More recently, Howe suffered from dementia and memory loss, and two strokes in 2014 disabled him and greatly affected his health.
Celebs from the sports world, Hollywood, and beyond reacted with sadness to the news this morning, taking to Twitter to share their condolences for this man who, by all accounts, was as gracious and polite as he was talented (below):
My condolences to the family of Gordie Howe, the Detroit Red Wings and all his fans around the world. He will always be Mr. Hockey.
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) June 10, 2016
Rest in peace, Gordie Howe.
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) June 10, 2016
Saddened to hear of the passing of the great Gordie Howe. RIP.
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Rich Eisen (@richeisen) June 10, 2016
In a strange and twist of fate, Saturday will mark exactly 30 years since the release of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, starring Matthew Broderick and Alan Ruck.
Ruck’s character Cameron, of course, was clad in Howe’s iconic #9 Red Wings jersey throughout the entire film.
Rest in peace, Mr. Hockey.
There will truly never be another player like you.