Lakers owner Buss collapses

Posted: Wednesday, October 16, 2002

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss collapsed at a fund-raising dinner Tuesday night and was rushed to a hospital, where he was in stable condition.

Buss was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where hospital spokesman Johnny Hagerman declined to release any details other than the Lakers owner's condition.

Buss was attending the Carousel of Hope Ball in Beverly Hills when he became ill at about 10 p.m. Team spokesman John Black said Buss was conscious as he was taken away by ambulance.

''Apparently he was seated there and he just collapsed,'' Black said.

CNN's Larry King said he was sitting across from Buss when the owner was stricken 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.

''Then they got him on the stretcher and brought him out here,'' King said as he stood outside the party.

He said he checked with paramedics who told him Buss was talking to them and appeared to be in stable condition.

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