Lakers' Owner Jerry Buss Dead? News Breaking On Twitter Now
Jim Buss, left, seated next to his father Lakers owner Jerry Buss at a game. (Photo: zimbio.com)
UPDATE: The Los Angeles Times has confirmed the death of Jerry Buss.
Lakers owner Jerry Buss passed away this morning. A sad day for L.A.
— Mike Bresnahan (@Mike_Bresnahan) February 18, 2013
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Jerry Buss, owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, has reportedly died after being hospitalized last week. Check back for more updates as this story unfolds.
Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times first broke the news via tweet.
A self-made millionaire through real estate, Buss purchased the Lakers in 1979. He was responsible for trading for Kareem Abdu Jabbar, drafting Magic Johnson and helping Jerry West build the most recent dynasty by signing Shaquille O'Neal and trading for Kobe Bryant in the summer of 1996.
The Lakers won 10 championships during Buss' reign. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.
Buss' passing is tragic, considering the owner was so used to the Lakers' winning ways, yet left at a time when the Lakers' future has never looked more bleak.
The end of a dynastic reign. Rest in peace. RT @mike_bresnahan: Lakers owner Jerry Buss passed away this morning. A sad day for L.A.
— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) February 18, 2013
Two league sources confirm sad news: Lakers owner Jerry Buss, an icon of the sport, has died. He was 79.
— Ken Berger (@KBergCBS) February 18, 2013
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