Lakers' voice Chick Hearn passes away
Los Angeles Lakers play-by-play announcer Chick Hearn passed away on Monday. He was 85.
Hearn suffered a serious head injury on Friday night when he fell in the backyard of his San Fernando Valley home. Firefighters then rushed to the scene after Hearn's neighbors witnessed the accident.
Hearn underwent one operation Saturday, but tests showed a new hemorrhage and a second craniotomy needed to be performed. Doctor Asher Taban of Northridge Hospital Medical Center said at the time that Hearn had probably called his last game.
Taban reported earlier Monday that Hearn's neurological function deteriorated overnight and his condition was described as "beyond critical."
Hearn called a record 3,338 consecutive Lakers games over 36 years, before his streak ended last season when he underwent open-heart surgery on December 20. His return to the booth was delayed after he broke his left hip on February 17. Paul Sunderland worked 56 games in his absence.
Hearn, who is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame and the American Sportscasters Hall of Fame, was able to return to the Lakers in time to broadcast the team's run to its third consecutive NBA championship.