Former Red Wings player Shawn Burr dies at 47
Former Detroit Red Wings player Shawn Burr appears in this undated image.
Published Monday, August 5, 2013 10:46PM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, August 6, 2013 7:27AM EDT
Former Detroit Red Wings player Shawn Burr has died at the age of 47.
Burr, who was born in Sarnia, Ont., had been diagnosed with leukemia three years ago.
Dave Goetze, who runs the Shawn Burr Foundation, told local media that Burr died Monday night after sustaining massive brain trauma following an earlier fall at his home in St. Clair, Mich.
Former Red Wings' goaltender Chris Osgood, whose career overlapped with Burr's final few seasons, told the Detroit Free Press Burr was a "nonstop talker."
"He was a funny guy ... always had a trick to play," Osgood said. "My first game as a rookie, he put my name upside down on my jersey. He was the guy in the 90s who kept everybody else relaxed."
Burr was drafted seventh overall by the Red Wings in 1984 and played with the team for most of his 16 years in the NHL.
He also played for the San Jose Sharks and Tampa Bay Lightning before retiring in 2000.