Margaret Hearn, the widow of legendary Lakers broadcaster Chick Hearn, has died of natural causes, the Lakers announced Sunday. She was 98.
Known by loved ones and Laker fans as “Marge” Hearn, she passed away Saturday evening, according to the team’s official Twitter account. No other information was immediately disclosed.
“We are very sad at the passing of our beloved Marge Hearn,” Jeanie Buss, president and co-owner of the Lakers, said in a statement. “We consider ourselves blessed and fortunate, however, to have had her be a part of the Lakers family for six decades.”
“She was truly the First Lady of the Lakers, sitting alongside her husband, the Voice of the Lakers, Chick Hearn,” Buss said.
Marge Hearn’s husband died at age 85 in 2002, after suffering complications from a head injury sustained in a fall at their Encino home. They had been married since 1938.
She was “friendly, funny and smart all at the same time,” John Ireland, a Lakers radio broadcaster, said on Twitter, adding that she was the “only person to call Chick ‘Francis.'”
Marge Hearn is survived by her granddaughter Shannon Hearn and great-granddaughter Kayla Hearn-Newman, according to a news release issued by the Lakers.
Marge Hearn, wife of legendary announcer Chick Hearn, passed away last night at age 98 of natural causes. pic.twitter.com/I5O4InVs8v
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) January 31, 2016