Some unfortunate news to pass along on Saturday evening. 

Former Bears' president and CEO, Michael McCaskey has passed away at the age of 76 losing his battle to cancer. 

He was the oldest of 11 children and succeeded George S. Halas as president before leaving the role in 1999. 

The McCaskey family released a statement. 

“Mike was already successful in every sense of the word when he took over for George S. Halas after the passing of ‘Papa Bear’ in 1983,” the McCaskey said in their statement. “We are grateful to Mike for overseeing arguably the greatest team in NFL history, and for his many years of service to the Bears and to us. The oldest of eleven siblings has many duties thrust upon him, not all of them pleasant, yet Mike handled them all with grace and patience.”

“Although Mike’s passing was not brought on by the novel coronavirus, our family, like so many people, is not able to gather and grieve together at this time,” the statement continued. “Our hearts go out to those who have lost loved ones to COVID-19. Our focus in the coming days will be to celebrate Mike’s life, and be whatever source of support we can be to [children] John and Kathryn and those they love.”

His high point of fame came after the Bears won the Super Bowl in 1985 and he was named NFL Executive of the Year. 

Our condolences to the family and all his loved ones.