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Lakers Owner Jerry Buss

Dies in L.A. Hospital

2/18/2013 7:59 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Jerry Buss -- owner of the Los Angeles Lakers -- died early this morning at the age of 80.

Buss had been hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in L.A. for the past few months due to a previously undisclosed intestinal problem ... though it was revealed yesterday he'd been battling cancer the entire time.

After starting his career as a chemist, Buss soon found his true calling in the real estate biz ... snapping up properties all over L.A. before moving on to the sporting world.

In 1979, Buss made history when he purchased the Lakers, the L.A. Kings and The Forum for $67.5 million -- at that time, the largest transaction in sports.

Under his ownership, Buss watched dozens of all-time greats -- including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, James Worthy, Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant -- win the Lakers 10 NBA Championships. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.

Buss was also an avid poker player ... and appeared on several TV shows, including "High Stakes Poker" and "Poker After Dark."

He is survived by his six children.

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16.

SeeSomethingSaySomething    

Tmz beat the sports center app in announcing the demise of Mr. Buss. ESPN fail.

562 days ago
17.

Quiet    

RIP

562 days ago
18.

dd    

Thanks for all of the good times....RIP

562 days ago
19.

zzyzx    

It's Dr Buss TMZ.

562 days ago
20.

Pineapple    

RIP Jerry Buss. (He was 80 not 79)

562 days ago
21.

YungOne    

He was born on January 27, 1933. My math says that he was 80.

562 days ago
22.

TheTruthIs    

“Every day, you'll see the dust.”

562 days ago
23.

Jericho Morton    

Is it really news that a 79 year old who's been hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in L.A. for the past few months due to a previously undisclosed intestinal problem ... though it was revealed yesterday he'd been battling cancer the entire time, has died?

562 days ago
24.

Wow ...    

RIP. Condolences to family and friends.

562 days ago
25.

M.W.electric    

Rest easy. Buddy. He fought and won to watch one more all star game!

562 days ago
26.

harleyharlett    

end of era - so sad RIP jerry :(

562 days ago
27.

LosAngHug    

He was 80 !

562 days ago
28.

InZane4all    

Karman man after the Lakers horrible season this year. Not saying I'm happy that he died but damn!

562 days ago
29.

Carmen    

RIP Dr. Buss. You will truly be missed. I was praying that you would pull through so your son Jim wouldnt be over the Lakers. Jim is not doing too good as the owner over the Lakers. RIP Jerry. LA mourns today for you. ♥

562 days ago
30.

Toni__F22    

smh... Cancer. Smh. Dammit. #F*ckCancer

562 days ago
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