Mike Ilitch helped pay for Rosa Parks’ housing for more than a decade

PHILADELPHIA, PA - FEBRUARY 11:  The Philadelphia Flyers honor the passing of Mike Ilitch, ower of the Detroit Red Wings, before the game between the Philadelphia Flyers and the San Jose Sharks on February 11, 2017 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Mike Ilitch, the former Detroit Tigers owner and Little Caesars founder who died last week, spent more than a decade paying for Rosa Parks' apartment.

The Sports Business Daily reported in 2014 that Ilitch paid for Parks' apartment until her death in 2005.

Damon Keith, a Detroit native and federal judge, helped Parks find a new home after she was robbed and assaulted in 1994. Keith showed a copy of a 1994 check for $2,000 from Little Caesars Enterprises as evidence of Illitch's good deed.

Illitch died on Friday at the age of 87.

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