Shawn Burr, who played 11 of his 16 NHL seasons with Detroit, died Monday at age 47, the Red Wings announced.
While Burr had a lengthy battle with cancer, Dave Goetze, who heads up the Shawn Burr Foundation, told the Detroit Free Press that Burr died following a fall in his home that caused massive brain trauma.
"It's a big loss for the hockey community," former teammate Kris Draper told the Free Press. "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."
Burr played from 1984-85 through 1994-95 with the Red Wings, then had stints with the Tampa Bay Lightning (1995-96 to 1996-97 and 1999-00) and the San Jose Sharks (1997-98 to 1998-99).
In 878 NHL games, Burr compiled 181 goals and 259 assists.
Following his career, he was active in the Red Wings Alumni Association, and he created his foundation to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society after he was diagnosed with myelogenous leukemia two years ago.
"He was a funny guy, a nonstop talker, always had a trick to play," onetime teammate Chris Osgood told the Free Press. "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."