Philadelphia Flyers founder Ed Snider dies at 83

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PHILADELPHIA, Pa.– The founder of the Philadelphia Flyers has died after battling bladder cancer for the past few years, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Snider, 83, was known by many as a diehard Flyers fan, despite owning and operating the team.

Former Flyers' owner, Ed Snider, is flanked by former Flyers' General Manager Paul Holmgren (left) and current Flyers' General Manager, Ron Hextall (right).

Former Flyers’ owner, Ed Snider, is flanked by former Flyers’ General Manager Paul Holmgren (left) and current Flyers’ General Manager, Ron Hextall (right).

The news was confirmed by the team this morning through a statement from his children.

In the past week, the Flyers capped a late season surge by wrapping up a playoff berth, and are set to face the top-seeded Washington Capitals in a series that begins later this week.