Sports Anchor dies in Atlanta

Sports Anchor dies in Atlanta

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The 38-year-old TV sports anchor for NBC’s Chicago outlet was found dead on Thursday of unknown causes, the second time in the past decade the station’s sports anchor has died suddenly.

Employees at an Atlanta hotel discovered Daryl Hawks in his room Thursday morning, and he was pronounced dead at a hospital. He was in Atlanta to cover a Chicago Bulls-Atlanta Hawks NBA playoff game.

“We are stunned right now,” station manager Frank Whittaker said in a statement.

In 2002, the station’s sports anchor Darrian Chapman, 37, died while preparing to play hockey at a Chicago rink. He had previously suffered a heart attack.

Hawks, a former U.S. Marine and semi-pro football player, was fit and loved to work out, according to published reports.

He was married and had two children.

(Reporting by Andrew Stern; Editing by Greg McCune)