Lakers Owner Jerry Buss Dies

Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss died at the age of 80 Monday morning, February 18, 2013.


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Buss had been hospitalized for the past few months and was reportedly fighting cancer.

Buss was a self-made millionaire through a real estate career. He bought the Lakers in 1979.

LA Lakers star Kobe Bryant credits Buss for helping him early on.

“He means everything to me,” he said. “He took a chance on a 17-year-old kid coming out of Philadelphia when nobody really saw that potential. He believed in me the entire way.”

Buss is survived by his six children.

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