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Old August 6th, 2013, 10:01 AM   #1
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Shawn Burr, whose upbeat personality made him a fan and teammate favorite during his time with the Detroit Red Wings, has died. He was 47.

Burr had battled cancer in recent years but died about 7 p.m. Monday after a fall down the stairs earlier in the day at his home in St. Clair that caused massive brain trauma, according to Dave Goetze, who runs the Shawn Burr Foundation. Goetze said the decision was made to remove him from life support after he was given a poor prognosis.

Kris Draper played only a couple of seasons with Burr but said anyone that was around Burr had a good time.

“If you were in the same room with him, you knew you were going to laugh, and you knew it wasn’t going to be quiet,” Draper said. “He was definitely a guy that had a lot to say, talked a lot, had some unreal one-liners. Very quick, very witty. Just a great guy to be around. I probably saw him more in our golf tournaments than I did playing with him.

“It’s a big loss for the hockey community. The sad thing is we all know he was sick and he was battling cancer. From the sounds of it, it was something that wasn’t related to the cancer that he was fighting.”

Chris Osgood overlapped with Burr during Burr's last seasons with the Wings and remembers a guy who never stopped talking — nor laughing.

"He was a funny guy, a nonstop talker, 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. He did the dirty work for the team on the ice and then kept the guys relaxed in the dressing room."
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He was a better guy than he was a hockey player.
He was very close to a few friends...acted as a mentor.

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