Borussia Dortmund is mourning the loss of its former president Frank Roring. He died in his hometown of Schwerte an der Ruhr on Monday at the age of 75.

"We were very grateful to Frank Roring for the valuable services he performed for Borussia Dortmund amid a very challenging financial situation at the beginning of the 1980s – both through his voluntary involvement as president of our club and as a sponsor with his company, Artic-Eiskrem, when there were no alternatives," said BVB president Dr. Reinhard Rauball, who added: "Our thoughts are with his family. I was in contact with Frank Roring a short while ago. He was still full of confidence at that point. I am shocked by the news of his death."

The renowned entrepreneur and representative of the Dortmund business community was elected president at the AGM of our sports club on 26 September 1983. Frank Roring took over the club – which until then had been run by an emergency board – at a difficult time together with his fellow board members Friedhelm Cramer and Hans Glahn. A sports lover and a former basketball player himself, Roring showed great personal commitment as he carried out this important role at BVB until the end of his term of office in October 1984. The then-owner of the company "Artic-Eiskrem" also made a considerable financial commitment to Borussia Dortmund as a shirt sponsor between 1983 and 1986.

The Bundesliga team will wear a black ribbon when they take to the pitch for the opening game of the new season against Eintracht Frankfurt.