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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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31.

Majid    

**** you TMZ, he was 80

579 days ago
32.

idiots_abound    

Not a Laker fan. I'll admit, always kind of been a Laker hater. But Dr. Buss was one of the truly great owners in sports history. Here's hoping his kids don't ruin the franchise into the ground the way Steinbrenner's kids seem to be. RIP Dr. Buss. Mad respect Go Cavs! Lol (I know...I know)

579 days ago
33.

Chorizo300    

R.I. P Dr. Buss

579 days ago
34.

Jordan    

May Jerry and the Lakers Rest in Peace.

579 days ago
35.

CLINT    

rip jerry buss. Best owner a team could want.

579 days ago
36.

Thomas Jefferson    

Finally you guys post something on JB. What took you so long?????

579 days ago
37.

sophie    

RIP Jerry Buss. Read more about his girlfriend, Cynthia Chavez, here: http://fabwags.com/cynthia-chavez-is-l-a-lakers-owner-jerry-buss-girlfriend/

And his ex-wife JoAnn here: http://slimcelebrity.com/celebrity-athletes/joann-mueller-buss-is-l-a-laker-owner-jerry-buss-ex-wife/

579 days ago
38.

TruthandonlytheTruth    

RIP Now my Lakers are really done smh

579 days ago
39.

Mrugowsky    

Cancer blows, as do the Lakers. Sorry the man died, though.

579 days ago
40.

ray    

It's a shame, Jerry was one of the good ones. That being said he probably died from terminal chronic embarrassment brought on by the complete lack of professionalism of his ball club. The pure talent on that team should make them unbeatable, yet the over paid prima donas, cannot play together, everyone must be a STAR and lose. The final straw that through him over the edge was Lil wayne's rant in houston, He could not handle the fact that the punk A$$ vile pig is a BIG LAKERS FAN.

579 days ago
41.

Menace to society     

RIP..Thanks for the job you did in bringing LA one of the greatest franchises in basketball history..I hope with all the drama you have endured we the current team it didn't drive you to sleep..RIP Sincerly Laker Fan

579 days ago
42.

Chris Kaman Your Eye    

The Lakers went to the NBA Finals 16 times in Buss' 33 years as owner. RIP Dr. Jerry Buss...the greatest owner in the history of team sports.

579 days ago
43.

Paul    

Jack Kent Cooke was the greatest sports owner...

579 days ago
44.

Miva    

Rest in Peace Mr. Buss, found it interesting that not many know about his other daughter Janie here http://fabwags.com/janie-buss-is-l-a-lakers-owner-jerry-buss-daughter-photos/ sure we know plenty of his pretty daughter Jeanie, Janie is also involved in the Lakers.

579 days ago
45.

Tim    

he was 80, tmz. You should really check your facts when you report on someone as legendary as he was' death.

579 days ago
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