Brendan Burke, the youngest son of Leafs president and general manager Brian Burke, died Friday afternoon after suffering injuries in a car crash in Indiana.

“We are saddened to report that Brendan Burke, the youngest son of Leafs President and General Manager Brian Burke, succumbed to injuries he suffered in an auto accident earlier today in Indiana. The family asks for privacy at this difficult time.” read a statement from the Maple Leafs issued late Friday night.

Burke and his son Brendan made headlines in November 2009 after the younger Burke came out and said he was gay. He’d told his dad at Christmas 2007.

“I just wish every parent could experience having a child like him,” said Brian Burke. extends its deepest condolences to the Burke family.

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