Lakers owner Jerry Buss has passed away at age 80 after a battle with cancer, NBC News has confirmed. It is a story first broken by Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times. Lakers spokesman Bob Steiner confirmed Jerry Buss was His date of birth was Jan.

From bread line to Lakers owner, Jerry Buss left a lasting impact on the NBA

From bread line to Lakers owner, Jerry Buss left a lasting impact on the NBA

#RIP Los Angeles Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss - You were a fantastic owner!

#RIP Los Angeles Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss - You were a fantastic owner!

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, celebrates the 1985 world championship with Lakers owner, Jerry Buss. This is one of Kareem's six NBA championships.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, celebrates the 1985 world championship with Lakers owner, Jerry Buss. This is one of Kareem's six NBA championships.

Kobe Bryant Photo - Memorial Service For Los Angeles Lakers Owner Dr. Jerry Buss

Kobe Bryant Photo - Memorial Service For Los Angeles Lakers Owner Dr. Jerry Buss

Jerry Buss dies at 80; Lakers owner brought 'Showtime' success to L.A.

Jerry Buss dies at 80; Lakers owner brought 'Showtime' success to L.A.

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