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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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46.

kevin    

I loved watching him play on high stakes poker.. He lost alot but kept trying to beat the pros.

576 days ago
47.

The Big Bowowski    

Im at a loss for words. Thanks for all the great memories you and your team have given us Angelenos. Thanks for giving me the many opportunities to stand on Figueroa st. to watch Magic, Kareem,Shaq, Kobe and many, many others, pass by on the parade route holding the numerous championship trophies they earned on behalf of our great city. To me, Dr. Buss is one of the greatest owners of all time and I sorely hope that Jim and Jeanie keep the legacy that he created going strong. I also hope that our GM, Mitch Kupchak will step up and get our Lakers back on track to being the championship team it should be and will be again. Make Jerry proud guys. Donald Sterling could have learned a lot from Dr. Buss. Lob city should have been around years ago contending for titles. RIP Dr. Jerry Buss. Your legacy will never be forgotten

576 days ago
48.

Jericho Morton    

On May 29, 2007, Buss was issued a citation for driving under the influence after two California Highway Patrol officers saw him driving his gold Mercedes-Benz on the wrong side of the road in the coastal community of Carlsbad in northern San Diego County, with a 23-year-old woman passenger. After failing a field sobriety test, Buss was taken into custody, given a blood test and booked on suspicion of driving while intoxicated with a blood-alcohol level over 0.08

576 days ago
49.

Angel    

Supprise TMZ didn't know he had it, that was revealed a while ago.

576 days ago
50.

Susan    

Jerry was one hell of a guy!

576 days ago
51.

dathan    

Dr. Jerry Buss liked poker, young women, and. Booze.....

576 days ago
52.

JB    

I seem to remember that TMZ caught him getting into a car no more than a few weeks ago. If so, why not repost that video as a remembrance.

576 days ago
53.

dathan    

Check out Jerry Buss daughter Jeanie, naked in Playboy spread. Google it.....!!!!

576 days ago
54.

Barry    

Mindy- she was an idiot- so much to live for. A child 10 months old. I hope she goes to hell. ****ing stupid.

576 days ago
55.

Mee    

He was a GENIUS, and a terrific guy, will be missed by so many.
May he RIP

575 days ago
56.

john     

who????

575 days ago
57.

Lil Wayne lover54321    

RIP those mother------- can't play basket ball

575 days ago
58.

Lil Wayne lover54321    

Well miss ya

575 days ago
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