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Lakers' Buss in hospital for dehydration

July 10, 2012 at 4:24 PM   |   Comments

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EL SEGUNDO, Calif., July 10 (UPI) -- Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss was in a hospital Tuesday because of dehydration and was expected to make a full recovery, the team said.

The NBA club released a statement that said the 78-year-old businessman was expected to be released soon.

"He is recovering and is expected to be released soon," the Los Angeles Times quoted Lakers publicist John Black as saying in a statement.

Details of Buss' health issues were not provided.

TMZ.com reported Buss fell ill about 9 p.m. Monday and that someone at his home called police. The entertainment news Web site said the Los Angeles City Fire Department responded and paramedics took him to a hospital.

The Times said Buss also went to a hospital in December for blood clots in his legs that were attributed to excessive travel.

Buss, a former chemist who made his fortune in the real estate business, bought the Lakers in 1979. The team has won 10 of the franchise's 16 NBA championships during his tenure.

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