August 11, 2011 (Chicago, Illinois) — An Atlanta coroner has determined that the sudden death of Daryl Hawks, a local NBC sportscaster in Chicago, in Atlanta this spring was due to a heart attack resulting from hypertension, NBC Chicago is reporting .
Hawks, 38, was found unresponsive by hotel staff in his room at the Omni Hotel in Atlanta the morning of May 12. He was there to cover the Chicago Bulls NBA playoff game against the Atlanta Hawks.
At the time of his death, the Fulton County (GA) Medical Examiner's office said the cause of death was unknown and would take several weeks to confirm, the Chicago Sun-Times reported .
The death stunned Hawks's coworkers at NBC Chicago, especially as it came nine years after another lead sports anchor, Darrian Chapman, died suddenly at the age of 37 while playing hockey.
According to his biography on the NBC website, Hawks, a native of Buffalo, NY, had previously worked in TV in San Francisco, CA; Raleigh, NC; Jacksonville, FL; and Palm Springs, CA. He played football at Buffalo State and served in the Marine Corps. An avid athlete, Hawks served on the Jacksonville Mayor's Council on Fitness and Exercise.
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