According to CKLW AM 800, Probert was on his boat in Lake St. Clair on Monday afternoon when he collapsed. A call was made around 3 p.m., according to Probert's agent Pat Ducharme. Fire and EMS crews met the boat and began performing CPR on Probert. By the time they reached Windsor Regional Hospital, Probert was absent of vital signs.
In a brief statement, a family spokesman said that Probert was on the boat with his family, including his four children and in-laws, when he began experiencing serious chest pains.
More details below, and a tribute to what Probert did best.
An autopsy is planned to determine the cause of death.
From the Windsor Star, more details on Probert's death:
Emergency crews performed CPR on the former Detroit Red Wings player on shore and transported the 45-year-old to Windsor Regional Hospital.
A witness on the scene, who asked not to be identified, said there were children and a woman on the boat with Probert.
"Something happened, a medical emergency," the witness said. "He was fixing the trim or something, stood up and then fell down."
His off-ice battles with alcohol and substance abuse were well known, but Probert's pugilistic abilities will be what hockey fans remember most. In 16 seasons in the NHL, Probert earned 3,300 penalty minutes in just 935 games and took part in 233 fights, according to HockeyFights.com. He and Joey Kocur formed the intimidating pair known as the "Bruise Brothers" during their time in Detroit.
As the hockey world says goodbye to Probert, let's pay tribute to the man by watching him do what he did best: