UNDATED (AP) — Philadelphia Inquirer co-owner Lewis Katz is being remembered by his friends and colleagues.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver calls the former New Jersey Nets owner "a visionary businessman who touched the lives of so many with his tireless pursuit of innovation and enterprise, as well as his deep commitment to his family, friends and community."
Katz was killed Saturday night along with six other people in a fiery plane crash in Massachusetts.
Gary Bettman, the NHL commissioner, says "While he was a person of tremendous influence in a variety of businesses, including sports, Lewis was, pure and simple, a great guy who highly prioritized his family and his friends."
Katz also once owned the NHL's New Jersey Devils.
Katz's Gulfstream corporate jet crashed as it was taking off from Hanscom Field on its way to New Jersey. There were no survivors.
The 72-year-old Katz was returning from a gathering at the home of Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin.