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Brendan Burke dies, son of Maple Leafs' G.M.

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Brendan Burke with the Stanley Cup won by his dad's Anaheim Ducks in 2007.

Brendan Burke.

What a tragic story -- Brendan Burke, 21, was killed in a crash on a snow-covered road in Indiana on Friday. Burke came into national prominence from an ESPN.com piece about him in November. The story detailed the love and acceptance Burke got from his dad, Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke, after coming out as gay.

Brendan Burke, 21, Canton, Mass., and Mark A. Reedy, 18, Bloomfield Hills, Mich., died at the scene of a two-vehicle accident at U.S. 35 north of Economy. The accident was reported at 2:50 p.m.

Investigators said Burke was driving eastbound on U.S. 35 in a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee when, according to witnesses, the vehicle slid sideways into an oncoming 1997 Ford Truck driven by 24-year-old Michael Moreland of Lynn. Moreland was not hurt.

Burke was an assistant on the University of Miami (Ohio) hockey team and had dreams of being involved in NHL management. He sounded like an awesome and inspiring man. R.I.P., Brendan Burke.