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Mike Ilitch

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Ilitch in June 2011

Michael Ilitch Sr. (July 20, 1929 – February 10, 2017) was an American entrepreneur. He was the founder and owner of the international fast food franchise Little Caesars. He also owned the sports teams Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (NHL) and Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball (MLB).

From 1994 until her death in 2005, Ilitch paid Rosa Parks' rent to help her live in a safer part of Detroit.[1]

Ilitch was born in Detroit, Michigan. His parents were Macedonian. He was married to Marian Ilitch from 1955 until his death. The couple had seven children.

Ilitch died on February 10, 2017, at a hospital in Detroit. He was 87.[2]


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  1. Botta, Christopher (February 24, 2014). "Ilitch aids civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks, others". Sports Business Daily. Retrieved February 18, 2017.
  2. Gallagher, John; McGraw, Bill (February 10, 2017). "Tigers, Red Wings owner and pizza titan Mike Ilitch dead at 87". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved February 10, 2017.