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Little Caesars Founder's Act of Generosity Stayed A Secret For Decades

Some people have been brought into the world just so they could have an impact on the lives of those around them.

One of these incredible human beings is the late Michael "Mike" Ilitch Sr., the founder of Little Caesars Pizza and owner of the Detroit Tigers and Red Wings.

Ilitch died this past February at the age of 87 and shortly after his death details of who he truly was began to emerge. Not only did Ilitch give the world the gift of delicious pizza, he was also known for his philanthropic efforts and selflessness.

Following his demise, it was revealed that the entrepreneur secretly came to the aid of one of the world's most iconic women, Rosa Parks.

After the famous civil rights activist was robbed and assaulted in 1994, Ilitch grew concerned about her safety and welfare. To ensure that such an incident wouldn't occur again, Ilitch helped Ms. Parks move to a better home. He also took it upon himself to pay her rent and continued to do so for over a decade up until her death in 2005.

According to a close friend of both Ilitch and Parks, Judge Damon Keith, Ilitch did not hesitate to offer assistance to Parks, who made history when she refused to give up her seat on an Alabama bus in 1955.

"I had represented Rosa, so I called Mike Ilitch. I said, 'Mike, I don't want Rosa Parks going back into the same neighbourhood that she was in when this bum beat her up.' He said OK."

"He took care of her," Keith added.

The judge told The Sports Business Daily in 2014 that this is was no strange behaviour for the deceased mogul and "it's important that people know what Mr. Mike Ilitch did for Ms. Rosa Parks because it's symbolic of what he has always done for the people of our city."

Ilitch was truly a remarkable man who will be dearly missed by many.