William Clay Ford Sr., last surviving grandson of Henry Ford, dies

Control of Detroit Lions should go to William Ford Sr.'s son, Bill Ford Jr., after the elder's death.
By Danielle Haynes  |  March 10, 2014 at 8:43 AM
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DETROIT, March 10 (UPI) -- Detroit Lions owner and last surviving grandson of auto pioneer Henry Ford, William Clay Ford, died Sunday. He was 88.

Ford had been in increasingly frail health in recent years, only making one appearance at training camp last summer and attending games at Ford Field in a wheelchair. He had at least three heart operations.

The cause of his death wasn't reported.

In his absence, it is expected his son, Bill Ford Jr., will take control of the team. He had already been handling most of the day-to-day operations for the past couple of years.

The Lions, however, haven't commented on the future of the team's ownership.

"Today we are mourning the loss of Mr. Ford and reflecting on the impact that he had on the Lions and our community,” read the team’s statement. “Information related to ownership succession will be communicated at the appropriate time."

Controlling shares of the team's stock are held by Ford's wife, Martha, and Ford Jr. Meanwhile, former Lions players and fellow NFL owners took to Twitter Sunday to mourn the loss of Ford Sr.

[USA Today] [Detroit News]

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