'Stunned and heartbroken': Blues forward Jaden Schwartz's father has died

Jaden Schwartz
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - St. Louis Blues and hockey fans are flooding social media with support for the family of forward Jaden Schwartz after his father's death.

Rick Schwartz died on Monday, according to a post by the Blues, who shared photos of him on past Dad's Trips the team hosted.

St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong released a statement on Rick's death.

"Rick and his wife, Carol, have been part of our family since Jaden was drafted to our team back in 2010. Rick was a frequent visitor to St. Louis, and I always enjoyed seeing him around the rink and on our annual Father's Trips, where he often was the life of the party," Armstrong said. "Rick's tireless efforts to support cancer research through the Mandi Schwartz Foundation were unmatched. Through those efforts, a bone marrow drive at a Blues game in 2018 led to a life-saving transplant for a teenager in Alabama."

His cause of death has not been announced.

Fans, media members and others have been posting thoughts and stories about him:

The Schwartz family lost their daughter, Mandi, to acute myeloid leukemia in 2011 when she was just 23-years-old. A foundation has been set up in her name to raise funds and awareness for the disease. And Yale University, where she played hockey, has an annual bone marrow drive on campus in honor of her.

Former Blues teammates T.J. Oshie was among those to show support for the Schwartz family on Twitter:

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