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Eagles' Jeffrey Lurie releases statement on passing of Flyers owner Ed Snider

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RIP.

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It's a very sad day for Philadelphia. Flyers owner Ed Snider passed away at the age of 83 after battling with cancer for two years. Snider was obviously a legendary figure in Philadelphia sports as the only owner of the Flyers in their first 50 years of existence.

Snider also has some history with the Philadelphia Eagles. He was a part-owner of the franchise and served as the team's vice president and treasurer under former Eagles owner Jerry Wolman.

Current Eagles CEO and Chairman Jeffrey Lurie released a statement on Snider's passing.

"Ed was a true visionary and a pioneer who did tremendous things for our city and for the sport of hockey. He was driven by a relentless pursuit of winning and his passion for the sport was genuine. That’s one of the reasons I think he was so loved and respected by the fans of our city and by his players and staff. They knew he cared just as much as they did.

Under Ed’s guidance, the Flyers became one of the most consistently successful franchises in the NHL, and he used his leadership to help foster a classy organization across the board. But perhaps more than anything, I think the legacy that Ed will leave behind is his commitment to helping young people in our city succeed in life through his youth hockey foundation. Our thoughts are with his family and the entire Flyers organization during this difficult time."

Rest in peace.