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Gay ‘NHL Son’ Brendan Burke Dies In Car Accident

Brendan Burke, the youngest son of Toronto Maple Leafs president Brian Burke, and whose coming out story received international attention, died today from injuries suffered in a car accident. He was 21.

Brendan and friend Mark A. Reedy, 18, were driving on a snow-covered highway in Indiana when, witnesses say, Brendan’s car slid into the path of a truck. Reedy also died.

The Maple Leafs released the following statement: “On behalf of the entire Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment family, we extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Brian Burke. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Burke family during this extremely difficult time.”