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Chicago Sportscaster Found Dead In Hotel Room

5/12/2011 1:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

38-year-old Chicagoland sportscaster Daryl Hawks was found dead in his Atlanta hotel room this morning ... hours before he was supposed to cover tonight's Chicago Bulls playoff game.

Daryl Hawks Dead

According to reports, hotel employees discovered Hawks' body around 9:30 AM after he missed a wake up call. The sports anchor was in Atlanta covering the Bulls-Hawks playoff series for NBC-owned WMAQ-Channel 5.

The cause of death is still unknown -- but the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office has launched an investigation. 

Hawks is survived by his wife and two children.

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JAMES    

WHATS GOING ON IN AMERICA
PEOPLE ARE DYING EVERY DAY. YESTERDAY WAS THE BIG MAMA GIRL ON HERE NOW HIM WHAT HAPPENED?????? WHATS GOING ON PEOPLE!!! COME ON PEOPLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1174 days ago
2.

Mike    

This is VERY sad news - I live here in Chicago and Daryl was very well liked, personable and a great family man. He is survived by his wife and young child. Tragic news.

1174 days ago
3.

mjfan212    

R.I.P Bro

1174 days ago
4.

Cooper    

Wow, too bad. He was a nice looking young man. :(

1174 days ago
5.

TMZ dont like me    

Damn, that's messed up. Maybe he had sleep apnea??

1174 days ago
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KittyKittyKitty    

Yikes!

1174 days ago
7.

Home Skillet    

That is very sad. I'm so sorry for his family and friends.

1174 days ago
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Hugh Gentry    

I'm a sports fan and live in Chicago, and have never heard of this guy.

1174 days ago
9.

Brian     

Yeah is it just me or have there been a lot of deaths in the past few days first Tractor Traylor, then the plus size model, now this guy, and then a lineman from U Alabama who was 21 was found dead..none of these people were past their 40's...

1174 days ago
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bring back recent posts    

awww..sad news...prolly a massive stroke or cardiac arrest...his poor wife and children!

1174 days ago
11.

Jack    

he's got three children according to the Chicago Tribune which I would trust over this rag.

1174 days ago
12.

Val     

WOW!

1174 days ago
13.

Kathy    

Way too young to die. But, when I die, I hope its in my sleep. Sounds like he went that way. Very sad.

1174 days ago
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Celeb Gossip Addict    

Hugh Gentry 9 minutes ago
I'm a sports fan and live in Chicago, and have never heard of this guy.
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Obviously you are not a basketball fan since he has been covering the NBA playoffs azz wipe. Is a person's death not important unless you heard of them?

R.I.P. Daryl

1174 days ago
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James R. - Los Angeles    

I don't memba him.

1174 days ago
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