Dr. Jerry Buss, longtime owner of the Los Angeles Lakers, is dying of cancer according to various reports. Kevin Ding of the Orange County Register has reported that Dr. Buss is currently at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, surrounded by family members and friends at his bedside.
Apparently, according to Ding, Dr. Buss is in grave condition:
A source close to the situation says that Lakers players have been calling with well-wishes and even stopping by to see him in what they expect to be his final days.
“Jerry isn’t doing well and it’s quite sad, but he’s surrounded by loved ones,” the insider said. “The cancer is just too much and it looks like this is the end for him.”
Owner of the Lakers since 1979, Buss has gone through numerous health issues for the last few years. In 2011, Dr. Buss was hospitalized with a blood clot. He then underwent surgery in August 2012 for an undisclosed reason, but was told he would make a full recovery.
Still, it was obvious that Jerry’s health was a concern, as he has not attended a Lakers game during the 2012-13 season.
Jerry turned 79 this past January, and he has certainly left his mark on one of the most historical sports franchises of all-time. The Lakers have won 10 championships since Jerry took over, and he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.
Dr. Jerry Buss is an iconic figure to the sports world and especially the city of Los Angeles. Prayers and condolences go out to the Buss family and the entire Lakers organization during this tough time.
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