Last week, word got out the Lakers owner Jerry Buss was hospitalized with an undisclosed form of cancer, and that his condition was worsening. Out of respect of the Buss family, no one from the Lakers organization commented much on the situation.
Today we learn the unfortunate news that Buss has passed away at the age of 80. Condolences to the Buss family and Laker Nation.
Jerry Buss, the Los Angeles Lakers’ playboy owner who shepherded the NBA franchise to 10 championships from the ’80s Showtime dynasty to the Kobe Bryant era, died Monday, his assistant said.
Buss died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, said Bob Steiner, his assistant. He was 80.
He’d been hospitalized for cancer, but the immediate cause of death was kidney failure, Steiner said.
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