- Associated Press - Saturday, April 18, 2015

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Praise is pouring in for A. Alfred Taubman, the shopping center billionaire who shared his fortune with colleges, museums, hospitals and other groups.

Taubman died Friday at age 91 at his suburban Detroit home.

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan says Taubman was a friend whose death “leaves a huge hole in our entire community.” Former Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer says he regularly sought Taubman’s advice about the welfare of the city.

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson says Taubman was a “giant among businessmen.”

Lawrence Technological University, where Taubman was a student in the 1940s, says his generosity can be seen in new buildings at the suburban Detroit school.

Former U.S. Sen. Carl Levin says Taubman was an “authentic” man who “never forgot where he came from.”

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