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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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Theresa    

Wow, this is the second sports anchor at this channel to die suddenly. The other was several years ago but he was also African American, married with children.

I Iiked Daryl a lot too.

1239 days ago
17.

JimmyCrapCorn    

david carradine scenario comes to mind

1239 days ago
18.

hotbitch    

That's sad. I live in Atlanta so I'm sure we'll hear more on the news. Talk about young! He was a nice looking guy, too. I feel for his wife and children. It'll probably be a heart attack or something of that nature.

1239 days ago
19.

jacksonfive210    

This is so sad I like this guy alot he had alot going for him too.

1239 days ago
20.

noneofyourbusiness    

My condolences to his family.

1239 days ago
21.

the Seeker    

Oxycontin, zanax and alcohol are a deadly mix.
HEATH lEDGER SCENARIO COMES TO MIND..

1239 days ago
22.

twiggy    

ToTo either your a bonified, complete idiot or you just don't give a dame about human life. either way your a sad ass case; God help you! Did you know anything about him or your just a zipdamn fool?

1239 days ago
23.

Mick Kahler    

Just a few years ago, the same TV station in Chicago lost another sportscaster. I can't remember his name but he was African American and very similar to Mr. Hawks in looks and on camera demeanor. My condolences to his family and to his co-workers. Very sad!

1239 days ago
24.

Street Smart    

wow
that is hella sad
condolences to his wife, children, parents, and friends
RIP
soooooo sad
so wrong

1239 days ago
25.

anony    

The other guy who died was Darrian Chapman:

"Channel 5 suffered the loss of another young sports anchor, Darrian Chapman, in 2002. Chapman collapsed and died while playing hockey on Chicago’s Near West Side. He was 37."

1239 days ago
26.

Cesar Lerma    

The best sportscaster in Chicago. I watched his recap of sports games everyday. Great guy lost to soon.

1239 days ago
27.

dd    

Get those physicals and have ur blood pressure checked.

1239 days ago
28.

LBjim    

So sad. I feel for his family and friends...RIP Daryl..

1239 days ago
29.

brenda    

JimmyCrapCorn about an hour ago
david carradine scenario comes to mind

the Seeker 38 minutes ago
Oxycontin, zanax and alcohol are a deadly mix.
HEATH lEDGER SCENARIO COMES TO MIND..

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A couple of doucheballs comes to mind.

Condolences to the family for their loss.

1239 days ago
30.

chefadam    

RIP

1239 days ago
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