Professional ice hockey team, the New York Rangers, are in mourning following the death of one of their team’s legends. Their longtime anthem singer, John Amirante, sadly passed away at 83 years old on Tuesday, April 17th.
According to Newsday, Amirante sang the national anthem ahead of Rangers’ games for 35 years. His role officially ended in 2015, but he occasionally returned in years after to sing the “Star Spangled Banner” for the team.
During his time with the Rangers, he publicly sang the anthem more than 1,000 times.
“It is with great sadness our Rangers family shares the loss of legendary anthem singer John Amirante, who passed away this morning at 83,” the team said in a statement. “Our thoughts are with his wife Ann, his children and the entire Amirante family. We will forever remember and miss John.”
The Rangers also shared a video of Amirante singing the national anthem at Madison Square Garden ahead of one of the games during the 1994 Stanley Cup. Watch the video below:
Please keep John Amirante’s friends, family, and loved ones in your prayers. He will be greatly missed!
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