STATEMENT FROM JERRY REINSDORF, CHICAGO BULLS CHAIRMAN AND CO-CHAIRMAN OF UNITED CENTER JOINT VENTURE
“This is just shocking news, and I am personally devastated. Rocky truly was a great man. We were far more than partners at the United Center. We were very close; he was a dear friend and our trust, our bond, was unbreakable. We never had a disagreement or argument during all of our many years together.
“Everyone liked Rocky. He was smart, passionate, generous, personable and friendly. He cared deeply about the Blackhawks, the people who worked for the team and at the United Center, Blackhawks fans and the city of Chicago. He was so very proud of the Stanley Cup Championships and what those trophies meant to the organization, the city and the fans.
“He was deservedly proud, as well, when it came to his countless civic and charitable endeavors and the positive impact they made on so many. This is a loss for us all. My condolences go out to Marilyn, his children and grandchildren, and the entire Wirtz family.
“His passing came far too soon as he had so very much to live for.”
STATEMENT FROM MICHAEL REINSDORF, CHICAGO BULLS PRESIDENT AND CEO
“The city of Chicago has lost an iconic figure today, but to me, the loss is beyond business or sports. It is the loss of a family member. Rocky was someone who from a young age, I looked up to and was a constant presence in my life. From his daughter Hilary teaching my and Nancy’s kids, to our daughter Jenny marrying his nephew Will, this is a family loss.
“His unwavering commitment to the Blackhawks, the United Center, Chicago sports and the community will be his legacy to the city and millions of Blackhawk fans. We are heartbroken for his kids, Danny, Hilary, Kendall and Elizabeth, his wife Marilyn, and his entire family. We cherish the memories we have shared with Rocky and will forever remember him as a great friend and a true family member.”