Detroit Red Wings hockey legend Gordie Howe has passed away at the age of 88.

According to reports, the Detroit Red Wings have confirmed the news. The Hall of Famer known as 'Mr. Hockey' had suffered a stroke in October 2014 but then later recovered after traveling to Mexico to receive stem cell treatment.

In a statement, Governor Snyder said:

“Gordie Howe will forever be remembered as ‘Mr. Hockey,’ but he could also be known as ‘Mr. Detroit’ or ‘Mr. Michigan’ for the years of thrills he gave Red Wings fans in our state and around the world. He represented Detroit with pride and class.  In a city that cherishes its many champions, Howe was perhaps the most beloved.

“Howe became universally respected for his tough play and durability in a career that spanned decades, setting records that stood for years, and some that likely will never be broken. After eventually hanging up the skates, Howe continued living in Michigan and served as an ambassador for his sport and Detroit.

“His legacy in Michigan will carry on through the Gordie Howe International Bridge, which will stand as a united symbol between his home country and his adopted country, representing the teamwork he always embodied.

“Sue and I extend our condolences to the Howe family, and also a heartfelt thank you to a legend who epitomized the word ‘champion’ on and off the ice.”