Beloved Legendary Athlete Found Dead, According To Family; Requesting Prayers

August 08, 2018

There has been some tragic news that has come in about a beloved athlete passing away. Millions of fans are left heartbroken, and the sports industry has lost a legendary Hall of Famer.

At this time, we are asking our readers to pray for the family as they try to process the devastating news. Athletes throughout the industry and fans on social media have shared their condolences while offering generous support.

He "lived a remarkable life and was a wonderful man, respected and revered by so many," Gary Bettman, NHL commissioner, said.

Stan Mikita was a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame and was the leading scorer for the Chicago Blackhawks. He passed away on August 7. He was 78 years old.

"One of the greatest players in NHL history and a Chicago icon, he was a pioneer of the game in so many ways," Bettman continued.

Mikita played in 1,396 games during his NHL career from 1958 to 1980. He played with the Blackhawks for his entire professional career. He helped lead his team to win the Stanley Cup in 1961, according to ESPN.

The hockey legend ranked 14th in most points scoring 1,467 during his hockey career. Mikita won the Hart Trophy two times as the league's MVP. He won four Art Ross trophies as the leading scorer, as well as won the Lady Byng twice as the most gentlemanly player.

Mikita was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1983.

According to ESPN, Mikita was diagnosed with suspected dementia with Lewy bodies, which is a brain disorder that causes memory loss, in 2015.

"His mind is completely gone," his wife, Jill, told the Chicago Tribune in June 2015. "I don't like to use that term, but there's no other way to describe it."

"There are no words to describe our sadness over Stan's passing. He meant so much to the Chicago Blackhawks, to the game of hockey, and to all of Chicago. He left an imprint that will forever be etched in the hearts of fans, past, present and future," Blackhawks owner Rocky Wirtz said in a statement.

"Stan made everyone he touched a better person. My wife Marilyn and I, joined by the entire Wirtz family, extend our prayers and thoughts to Jill and the Mikita family. 'Stosh' will be deeply missed, but never, ever forgotten," Wirtz said.

Will you join us in praying for the Mikita's family?