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Jerry Buss, Los Angeles Lakers' owner, dies at 80

FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2010 file photo, Los Angeles Laker owner Jerry Buss, right, 
walks out onto the court during the NBA championship ring ceremony as Kobe 
Bryant, left, and Derek Fisher look on before a basketball game against the 
Houston Rockets in Los Angeles. Buss, the Lakers' playboy owner who shepherded 
the NBA franchise to 10 championships, has died. He was 79. Bob Steiner, an 
assistant to Buss, confirmed Monday, Feb. 18, 2013 that Buss had died in Los 
Angeles. Further details were not available.(AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 26, 2010 file photo, Los Angeles Laker owner Jerry Buss, right, walks out onto the court during the NBA championship ring ceremony as Kobe Bryant, left, and Derek Fisher look on before a basketball game against the Houston Rockets in Los Angeles. Buss, the Lakers' playboy owner who shepherded the NBA franchise to 10 championships, has died. He was 79. Bob Steiner, an assistant to Buss, confirmed Monday, Feb. 18, 2013 that Buss had died in Los Angeles. Further details were not available.(AP Photo/Chris Carlson, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Lakers' owner Jerry Buss has died at age 80.

Spokesman Bob Steiner says Buss died Monday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He'd been hospitalized for cancer, but the immediate cause of death was kidney failure.

Buss shepherded the NBA franchise to 10 championships. He transformed the Lakers into Southern California's most beloved sports franchise and a worldwide extension of Hollywood glamour after buying the club in 1979.

Buss acquired, nurtured and befriended a staggering array of talent during his Hall of Fame tenure.

With Buss' leadership and lavish spending, the Lakers won five championships during the 1980s Showtime dynasty and added five more in an 11-year span of Kobe Bryant's career.

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