It’s a sad day for the Orlando Magic family.
Rich DeVos, the longtime owner of the Magic, died on Thursday at his home in Ada, Michigan due to complications from an infection, reports the Orlando Sentinel. He was 92 years old.
”Mr. DeVos’ boundless generosity, inspirational leadership and infectious enthusiasm will always be remembered,” Magic CEO Alex Martins said in a statement. “Simply, he was the team’s No. 1 cheerleader and the best owner that a Magic fan could ever want for their team.”
DeVos, who most recently held the title of senior chairman after ownership stakes were passed to his four children, originally purchased the team in 1991 for $85 million.
DeVos, who co-founded Amway, had a net-worth of $5.4 billion, making him the 351st richest person in the world, according to Forbes. The Sentinel reported that the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation, a charity run by the DeVos family, has donated more than $23 million to local nonprofit organizations.
“When the DeVos Family purchased the Magic, his vision was that the team and organization would serve as a platform to improve the Central Florida community,” Martins said. “That legacy will certainly live on, both in the Orlando Magic’s community efforts and philanthropic contributions, as well as in the way we strive to play the game with passion, a strong work ethic and integrity, while also bringing people together from all walks of life.”