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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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feelyourboobies    

RIP. Stupid freakin' cancer!!!!!!!!!!!

530 days ago
2.

Carl    

RIP. It was pretty clear he was on his way out a day or two ago when they used the phrase "family gathering by his side" in news reports.

530 days ago
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Reyna38    

I saw him at the Elephant Bar & restaurant near Lakewood ,California with a beautiful black woman.... And they where on a date .. So cute.. May he ( RIP)

530 days ago
4.

marchetti    

Dam

530 days ago
5.

bigfranklittle    

I'm definitely not a Lakers fan but this is sad day. RIP

530 days ago
6.

UNLV1990    

RIP, great owner of a professional team.

530 days ago
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Eddie    

RIP buddy GOD BLESS YOU & your family

530 days ago
8.

Joe    

his legacy has been cemented with the Lakers...

530 days ago
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KittyKittyKitty    

Yikes!

530 days ago
10.

Gridiron    

RIP Dr. Buss.

530 days ago
11.

Phreaky    

Who is going to be the 3rd? Zsa-Zsa?

530 days ago
12.

Cat    

Great man met him at a game and took a pic with him back in the 80's - Rest in Peace Dr. Buss

530 days ago
13.

Phreaky    

Let the squabbling over his estate begin. Sadly.
RIP

530 days ago
14.

myopinion    

Rest in Peace Jerry Buss! I hope the Lakers do a lot better!

530 days ago
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juicyyellabone    

Rip dr buss

530 days ago
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