Lakers owner Jerry Buss dies at age 79

Lakers owner Jerry Buss has died at age 80

2/18/13 in NBA   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

Nov 14, 2011; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss attends the NCAA basketball game between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Southern California Trojans at the Galen Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY SportsAccording to multiple reports, Lakers owner Jerry Buss has passed away this morning at age 80.

Buss had been hospitalized for months undergoing cancer treatment, but lost his battle this morning.

He was one of the most influential and accomplished NBA owners, both on and off the court. His Lakers teams have won 10 NBA titles since he bought the team in 1979, an incredibly impressive achievement.

Off the court, he was a chemist, a real estate investor, and a great philanthropist.

He got his Ph.D. in physical chemistry at age 24, made millions in real estate, and went on to own 5 different LA sports teams, at one point or another.

In 2008, he donated $7.5M to USC's Department of Chemistry, where he got his Master's degree and his Ph.D.

RIP Jerry Buss, one of the better owners in NBA history.
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