July 05, 2010
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:
UPDATE: Chicago Blackhawks president John McDonough released the follow statement on behalf of the organization:
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Probert family during this difficult time. Bob will always be a member of the Blackhawks family and his memory will live on through our fans."
And Detroit Red Wings owners Mike and Marian Ilitch did the same:
"Bob was a part of our very first NHL draft class that also included Steve Yzerman, Joe Kocur, Petr Klima and Stu Grimson. Bob was always there for his teammates and was one of the toughest men to ever play in the NHL. He was also one of the kindest, most colorful, and beloved players Detroit has ever known. We are very saddened by his passing and our thoughts and prayers go out to Bob's family."