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Sarnia Native Shawn Burr and former Detroit Red Wing has died at the age of 47 from a fall at his home on Monday. Early reports indicate he suffered massive brain injury from the fall, but the exact cause of his death is still unknown.
Shawn had been diagnosed and battled leukemia in 2010 and founded the Shawn Burr Foundation to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Burr, a former OHL player with the Kitchener Rangers was drafted in the first round 7th overall in 1984 by the Detroit Red Wings. Burr played from 1984 – 1995 season with the Red Wings then moved on to Tampa Bay, and San Jose before retiring in 2000. He completed his career with 181 goals and 259 assists in 878 NHL games.
Burr was inducted into the Sarnia Lambton Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.
In his President’s remarks from the Shawn Burr Foundation website Burr said this about himself “I’d like to be remembered as a guy who had fun and liked to joke around making people feel at ease. Most importantly, I’d like to be a guy who was remembered as a decent hockey player, but an even better husband and father. Like my dad and mom, I want to be a guy who helped out people who needed help.”
Burr is survived by his wife Amanda and two daughters.
Expressions of sympathy can be made to the Shawn Burr Foundation by cheque to:
Shawn Burr Foundation
P.O. Box 610812,
Port Huron, Michigan 48061-0812
or online at http://shawnburrfoundation.org