The sports industry said goodbye to Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss today after the 80-year-old died Monday in Los Angeles.
Former Lakers star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar issued a heartfelt statement regarding Buss' passing, while celebrities such as Hugh Hefner, LeBron James, Chris Rock and more took to their Twitter accounts to mourn Buss.
"When someone as celebrated and charismatic as Jerry Buss dies, we are reminded of two things. First, just how much one person with vision and strength of will can accomplish. Second, how fragile each of us is, regardless of how powerful we were. Those two things combine to inspire us to reach for the stars, but also to remain with our feet firmly on the ground among our loved ones," Abdul-Jabbar said in a statement.
"Dr. Buss embodied that compassionate entrepreneurial spirit. He strove to reach greater heights without forgetting his community roots. During his stewardship, the Lakers exemplified his personal standards of excellence and became one of the dominant teams in the NBA and a force of good within the community. The man may be gone, but he has made us all better people for knowing him."
Chris Rock: Jerry Buss was so cool he should be in the rock and roll hall of fame. He will be missed.
LeBron James: RIP Jerry Buss.
Matt Barnes: Thoughts & prayers go out 2 the Buss family over the loss of Mr Jerry Buss. A true pioneer in professional sports
Hugh Hefner: Learned of Laker's owner Jerry Buss death to cancer. We've lost a longtime friend.
Jim Rome: Jerry Buss was in it to win it. And understood that just winning in this town wasn't enough. How you look doing it is critical too. RIP
Omar Epps: #RIP Jerry Buss!
Loni Love: RIP Doc..thanks for putting Inglewood CA on the map RT @KTLA: BREAKING: Jerry Buss, the longtime Laker owner, has died at 79
Lane Kiffin: Sad to hear of the passing of Dr. Jerry Buss. A great USC Trojan and an avid athletics supporter. He will be missed!
Arsenio Hall: Dr. Jerry Buss (RIP)
Shaq: I'm deeply saddened over da loss of the great Dr. Jerry Buss. He was a dear friend, mentor and brilliant business mind thank u 4 8 gr8 yrs
Snoop Dogg: Rip dr Jerry buss my friend wow this hurts he was a great man to the city n the people of la !!