By Ashley Dunkak

CBS DETROIT – The Detroit Lions will stay in the Ford family, the team announced Monday after longtime owner William Clay Ford Sr. died Sunday of pneumonia at the age of 88.

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

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The Lions also announced that Bill Ford Jr. will continue as vice chairman of the team.

Ford Sr. owned the Detroit franchise for 50 years, a span in which the Lions posted a losing record, made just 10 playoff appearances and recorded only one playoff win.

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