American poker profile Gerald Hatten "Jerry" Buss has passed on. In 2012, Buss was in hospital for several months with an undisclosed intestinal problem. After being hospitalised at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre with an undisclosed form of cancer, he died of kidney failure at 5:55 a.m. on February 18, 2013, aged 80.
Buss was a high-stakes cash game poker player for many years, but later in his life was more active in tournament games. He appeared in the GSN Series High Stakes Poker and the NBC late-night series Poker After Dark. A part from poker, he was the majority owner of Los Angeles Lakers professional basketball team in the National Basketball Association (NBA), winning 10 league championships that were highlighted by the team's Showtime era during the 1980s. In 2010, he was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame for his contributions to the sport.