Was Jerry Buss 79 Or 80? ESPN, LA Times Say 80; AP, Internet, LA Daily News Say 79 [UPDATE]



Jerry Buss died today and the big controversy in death was the real age of the Lakers owner. ESPN and the L.A. Times are reporting Jerry was 80 (born on January 27, 1933) while Wikipedia and at least one AP writer had Jerry dead at 79 (born on January 27, 1934).

As you can see on Wikipedia, someone has Jerry dead at 80 but born in 1934.

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Deadspin has Jerry dead at 79.

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Back in January, AP writer Greg Beacham reported that Buss had celebrated his 79th birthday. Just a year ago, the L.A. Times Lakers Blog reported that Jerry was celebrating his 78th birthday.


The AP now has Jerry Buss dead at 80.


The Orange County Register says birthday given by Buss in 2006 would have made him 79.

Sites reporting Jerry was 79:

• KTLA (that was 3 days ago) is now reporting Buss was 80. Look at this URL: http://ktla.com/2013/02/18/lakers-owner-jerry-buss-dead-at-79/

Associated Press still stands behind Buss being 79

KCAL says Buss was 79

Los Angeles Daily News, last week, said Jerry was 79

CBS Sports

Sites reporting Jerry was 80:


• LA Times

NY Times

Cindy Boren at the Washington Post

CBS News

Hollywood Reporter

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