18 February 2013 7:59 AM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Jerry Buss -- owner of the Los Angeles Lakers -- died early this morning at the age of 80.Buss had been hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in L.A. for the past few months due to a previously undisclosed intestinal problem ... though it was revealed yesterday he'd been battling cancer the entire time.After starting his career as a chemist, Buss soon found his true calling in the real estate biz ... snapping up properties all over L. »

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