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Martha Ford the wife of former owner William Ford Sr. will run the team

The Detroit Lions will stay in the Ford family following the death of William Clay Ford Sr., the team announced Monday.

“Pursuant to long-established succession plans, Mr. Ford’s controlling interest in the Lions passes to Mrs. Martha Ford,” the team said in a statement. “She and her four children will continue to be involved in the ownership of the franchise, as they have during Mr. Ford’s tenure.”

Martha Ford is William Clay Ford’s widow. The team noted that William Clay Ford, Jr. remains vice chairman. The statement didn’t announce who had hiring and firing power, although that role would presumably go to William Clay Ford Jr. now.

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