Legendary Los Angeles Lakers owner and real estate magnate Jerry Buss has passed away at the age of 80 on Monday, Feb. 18 due to complications from cancer, according to The Los Angeles Times‘ Mike Bresnahan.
Though Buss’ cancer diagnosis was kept private, word had leaked of his declining health in recent days. RadarOnline.com reported on Feb. 14 that Buss’ family and friends had been summoned to his bedside and the prognosis was not good.
Buss, whose legend began in the real estate community, was a pioneer on the Los Angeles sports scene for parts of five decades. After acquiring his wealth as a co-owner of Mariani-Buss Associates, Buss slowly began expanding his empire with the purchase of sports franchises.
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