Former Red Wings winger Shawn Burr dies

Published On: Aug 05 2013 08:56:10 PM EDT   Updated On: Aug 06 2013 06:01:01 PM EDT

Shawn Burr died suddenly Monday evening after falling at his home.


Former Detroit Red Wings winger Shawn Burr has died. He was 47.

Burr died Monday evening at a Detroit-area hospital after falling at his home this weekend.

The former professional hockey player had been battling cancer. Local 4 has learned Burr hit his head when he fell this weekend, but the exact cause of death is not yet known.

Read back: Former Red Wing Shawn Burr fights cancer, helps others

Burr was drafted 7th overall by the Red Wings in 1984. He played 878 games with Detroit, the Tampa Bay Lightning and the San Jose Sharks.

During the course of his career he scored 181 goals and tallied 259 assists. His most notable season with the Red Wings was 1989-90 when he scored 56 points in 76 games.

The Shawn Burr Foundation is a charity supporting blood cancer research. Anyone interested in donating to the charity can do so online or by mail:

Shawn Burr Foundation
P.O. Box 610812
Port Huron, MI 48061-0812


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