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Lakers owner Jerry Buss collapses at fund-raising dinner
Oct 16, 5:09 AM (ET)
By LOUINN LOTA
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss was released from a hospital early Wednesday after he collapsed when he apparently tore a neck muscle at a fund-raising dinner.

Buss, 69, was released shortly before 1 a.m. from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and returned home, Lakers spokesman Bob Steiner said.

"When I talked to him, he seemed fine," Steiner said. "He's a little bit embarrassed by it all. It had a dizzying effect on him."

John Black, another team spokesman, said Buss had severe pain in his neck while he was at the Carousel of Hope Ball at the Beverly Hilton hotel about 10 p.m. Tuesday.

"He turned his head really quickly and either tore or partially tore a muscle in his neck," Black said.

Black added that the pain was so intense that Buss put his head down between his legs, prompting panicked guests to summon paramedics and doctors.

Black said Buss was conscious when he was taken from the ball by ambulance and the Lakers owner later said he never lost consciousness.

CNN's Larry King said he was sitting across from Buss when the owner was injured while blues musician B.B. King was performing.

"I looked down and suddenly he turned white and sort of keeled over," King told KCAL-TV. "Oprah Winfrey and I and others started jumping up, trying to get him to stop playing and get some attention for Dr. Buss, who was obviously in big trouble. I mean he had turned total white."

King said two doctors at the ball rushed to Buss' aid and emergency crews arrived soon after.

Buss, a self-made millionaire with a doctorate in physical chemistry, is widely known to Lakers fans as Dr. Buss. He bought the team in 1979 after making his fortune in real estate, starting with a $1,000 investment in a West Los Angeles apartment building.

A high-profile owner, Buss is seen frequently around town and at Lakers games. He was a constant presence at the Staples Center in recent years as the team embarked on its run of three consecutive NBA championships.
 

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Lakers owner Buss feeling fine, but a little embarrassed

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Lakers owner Buss feeling fine, but a little embarrassed

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Oct. 16, 2002 6:06 p.m.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) Ñ Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss was more embarrassed than ill Wednesday, a day after he had a dizzy spell at a charity event.

The 69-year-old Buss apparently hurt his neck as he turned sharply, which made him grow dizzy at a fund-raising dinner on Tuesday night.

He was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and released some two hours later, around 1 a.m. Wednesday, Lakers spokesman Bob Steiner said.

Buss said he was feeling fine but was "somewhat embarrassed over the fuss," Steiner said.
 
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