David Courtney, PA voice, dies

Updated: November 29, 2012, 7:48 PM ET
By Arash Markazi | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- David Courtney, the public-address announcer for the Los Angeles Kings, Los Angeles Angels and Los Angeles Clippers, died Thursday, all three teams announced. No cause of death was released. He was 56.

Courtney worked with the Kings for 34 years in various capacities, serving as the team's public relations director before becoming the team's public-address announcer in 1989. He has also been the public-address announcer for the Angels the past 18 seasons and was in his third season with the Clippers.

Los Angeles Dodgers public address announcer Eric Smith, who was the Clippers' public-address announcer before Courtney, filled in for Courtney on Wednesday night at Staples Center during the Clippers' game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Courtney tweeted at the time that he was "in the hospital waiting for an angiogram."

"David was tremendously passionate about the Kings, our fans and the game of hockey," said Kings president of business operations Luc Robitaille in a statement. "His time with the Kings dates back to the mid 1970s both in our PR office as our public relations director and also with work he did in our video department before he took over full-time Public Announcing duties at the Forum and Staples Center. In the arena he was an institution -- he was the voice of the Kings -- and his work added so much to the live, in-game experience for our fans as it did for the Clippers and Angels as well.

"Next season would have been David's 35th year with our franchise, and on behalf of the entire Kings organization and AEG we are incredibly saddened by this news and we send our deepest condolences to his wife Janet and the rest of the Courtney family."

Courtney left the Kings in 1978, but according to the team's website, he returned in 1985 at the urging of his friend, mentor and longtime Kings play-by-play announcer Bob Miller. Courtney was the in-arena voice of the Kings from 1989 when Wayne Gretzky called the Fabulous Forum home until the team won its first Stanley Cup at Staples Center in June. He was also the public address announcer when the Angels won their first World Series in 2002.

"The Angels family is deeply saddened to hear of David's passing," the Angels said in a statement. "He was a gentle soul, a consummate professional and an unforgettable voice tied to several professional Southern California sports teams. Over the past 18 years, his love, dedication and passion for the Angels was evident every time his voice rang through the ballpark. Our thoughts and prayers go out to David's family at this difficult time."

"Today our organization lost a good friend. In his years as public address announcer for Clippers' home games, David Courtney was a consummate professional who brought a unique passion and energy to every event," the Clippers said in a statement. "We are saddened by his passing, and we extend our deepest sympathies to his wife, Janet and the rest of his family. David will be missed by the many people whose lives he touched."

Courtney also worked for Metro Networks as a sports, traffic and news reporter, for the past 20 years and was regularly heard on ESPNLA 710.

Courtney is survived by his wife, Janet Fisher-Courtney.

Arash Markazi

ESPNLosAngeles.com