Cause of Sportscaster's Death Unknown

NBC Chicago's Daryl Hawks died Thursday morning while on assignment to cover the NBA Eastern Conference Semifinals

By BJ Lutz
|  Friday, May 20, 2011  |  Updated 12:26 PM CDT
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Cause of Sportscaster's Death Unknown

Daryl Hawks, 38, was found dead in his Atlanta hotel room early Thursday.

The cause of death for NBC Chicago sportscaster Daryl Hawks likely won't be known for a couple of weeks, the Fulton County (Georgia) Medical Examiner said Friday.

Dr. Randy Hanzlick said that "no obvious cause of death was identified" during an initial examination.

Additional procedures, such as microscopic examination of tissues and toxicology testing, will need to be done, he said.  Further information won't be available for at least two weeks, said Hanzlick.

Hawks, 38, died Thursday morning.  He was found unresponsive by hotel staff in his room at Atlanta's Omni Hotel. He'd traveled there with an NBC Chicago photojournalist to cover Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

A moment of silence was held in Hawks' honor in advance of Thursday's game.  The Chicago Cubs also held a moment of silence early Friday afternoon prior to their game against the San Francisco Giants.

Hawks leaves behind a wife, Sandy, and three children, the eldest of whom released the following statement to WGRZ-TV, the NBC station in Hawks' hometown of Buffalo, New York:

"On behalf of the family, I would like to thank everyone for keeping us in your prayers. My family isn’t just grieving the loss of a well loved sportscaster. He was a father, son, role model and my hero that loved life and his family even more. He is leaving behind a beautiful mother, a lovely wife and 3 children who will miss him more than words can describe right now. Thank you again for all of the support in our time of need and please remember my father as the loving, caring compassionate man he was." - Daryl Hawks, Jr.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Hawks Children Education Fund:
Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest
7777 Lake St.
River Forest, IL 60305
c/o Sean Olis

Facebook.com: Daryl Hawks

From the NBC Chicago Newsroom: Remembering Daryl
 

Cubs Hold Moment of Silence for Daryl Hawks

 

 

 In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Hawks Children Education Fund:

Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest
7777 Lake St.
River Forest, IL 60305
c/o Sean Olis

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