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The NBC5 news crew - Allison Rosati, Paula Faris, were all clearly choked up and holding back on tears when reporting the 10PM news tonight. Bumped the Blagojevich trial right to the back of the newscast. Very sad - ex marine, young guy, young family with kids.

Daryl Hawks: Chicago sportscaster

'A fan first; a reporter second'

By Erin Meyer, Tribune reporter

9:21 p.m. CDT, May 12, 2011

Colleagues struggled to come to grips with the loss of NBC5 Chicago sportscaster Daryl Hawks, who was found dead Thursday morning in an Atlanta hotel room.

"He was an avid follower and participant in healthy living," said Larry Wert, president of NBC Local Media for the Central and Western Region. "It's hard to imagine we lost him."

Mr. Hawks, 38, was in Atlanta to cover Thursday night's NBA playoff game between the Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks. He was found after he did not show up for the Bulls' morning shoot-around. Paramedics took him to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Atlanta police said.

Police said the incident was being treated as a medical emergency and foul play was not suspected. An autopsy is set for Friday, and an official with the Fulton County medical examiner's office said there would be no further information released until then.

Mr. Hawks, a native of Buffalo, joined the Channel 5 sports department in 2008. In addition to Chicago sporting events, he also had covered NCAA Final Four basketball games, the Daytona 500 and the U.S. Open Golf Championship, according to his online biography.

"Daryl loved his job, he loved sports, and he loved the big city action in Chicago," said Channel 5 sports reporter Peggy Kusinski. "He was a fan first and a reporter second."

Mr. Hawks served in the Marine Corps and played semi-pro football as a running back. In Chicago, his active lifestyle energized the workplace, said Wert, who hired Mr. Hawks away from an affiliate station in the San Francisco area.

"He was such a happy, enthusiastic guy," Wert said.

According to Mr. Hawks' biography on the station's website, one of the highlights of his career was covering the 2007 Major League Baseball All-Star Game in San Francisco.

"Being around that much greatness is humbling," he said of the experience. "It's a moment I'll never forget."

Mr. Hawks is survived by his wife, Sandy; and three children.

Information on services was not yet available.

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I don't like to speculate on things like this, but from what I've heard today it could only be one of a couple of things since apparently he was very healthy overall or at least as far as anyone knew...

Brain Aneurysm

Possible Heart Attack

or Suicide...


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RIP (F)

The NBC5 news crew - Allison Rosati, Paula Faris, were all clearly choked up and holding back on tears when reporting the 10PM news tonight. Bumped the Blagojevich trial right to the back of the newscast. Very sad - ex marine, young guy, young family with kids.

Daryl Hawks: Chicago sportscaster

'A fan first; a reporter second'

By Erin Meyer, Tribune reporter

9:21 p.m. CDT, May 12, 2011

Colleagues struggled to come to grips with the loss of NBC5 Chicago sportscaster Daryl Hawks, who was found dead Thursday morning in an Atlanta hotel room.

"He was an avid follower and participant in healthy living," said Larry Wert, president of NBC Local Media for the Central and Western Region. "It's hard to imagine we lost him."

Mr. Hawks, 38, was in Atlanta to cover Thursday night's NBA playoff game between the Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks. He was found after he did not show up for the Bulls' morning shoot-around. Paramedics took him to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Atlanta police said.

Police said the incident was being treated as a medical emergency and foul play was not suspected. An autopsy is set for Friday, and an official with the Fulton County medical examiner's office said there would be no further information released until then.

Mr. Hawks, a native of Buffalo, joined the Channel 5 sports department in 2008. In addition to Chicago sporting events, he also had covered NCAA Final Four basketball games, the Daytona 500 and the U.S. Open Golf Championship, according to his online biography.

"Daryl loved his job, he loved sports, and he loved the big city action in Chicago," said Channel 5 sports reporter Peggy Kusinski. "He was a fan first and a reporter second."

Mr. Hawks served in the Marine Corps and played semi-pro football as a running back. In Chicago, his active lifestyle energized the workplace, said Wert, who hired Mr. Hawks away from an affiliate station in the San Francisco area.

"He was such a happy, enthusiastic guy," Wert said.

According to Mr. Hawks' biography on the station's website, one of the highlights of his career was covering the 2007 Major League Baseball All-Star Game in San Francisco.

"Being around that much greatness is humbling," he said of the experience. "It's a moment I'll never forget."

Mr. Hawks is survived by his wife, Sandy; and three children.

Information on services was not yet available.

Wow. I guess you never know when it's your time. RIP Mr. Hawks. rose.gifrose.gifrose.gif


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