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