Lakers broadcaster Chick Hearn dies at 85

Updated: August 16, 2002, 12:35 PM ET
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Chick Hearn, who made ''slam dunk'' and ''air ball'' common basketball expressions during his 42-year broadcasting career with the Los Angeles Lakers, died Aug. 5. He was 85.

Hearn, the only play-by-play announcer the Los Angeles Lakers ever had, died at 6:30 p.m. PT at Northridge Medical Center Hospital, team spokesman Bob Steiner said.

Hearn fell and struck his head Friday in the back yard of the Encino home he shared with wife Marge. They would have ...

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