"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.

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.

His leadership, integrity, kindness, humility and good humor were matched only by his desire to bring a Super Bowl championship to the Lions and to our community. Each of us in the organization will continue to relentlessly pursue that goal in his honor.”

Ford Sr. was 88 years old and reportedly passed away in his sleep.

Ford was the last surviving grandchild of Henry Ford, the founder of the Ford Motor Company.

There are reports that William Clay Ford Jr. will now take over the team.

Funeral arrangements are not yet known at this time.