David Courtney, 56, public address announcer for L.A. Clippers, Angels
By ASSOCIATED PRESS December 1, 2012 7:26PM
This undated image provided by the Los Angeles Kings showspublic address announcer David Courtney. Courtney, the veteran public address announcer for the Los Angeles Clippers, Kings and Angels, died Thursday Nov. 29, 2012. He was 56. (AP Photo/Los Angeles Kings)
Updated: January 3, 2013 10:48AM
LOS ANGELES — David Courtney, the veteran public address announcer for the Los Angeles Clippers, Kings and Angels, died Thursday. He was 56.
The Clippers said he died in Los Angeles, but gave no other details. Mr. Courtney missed Wednesday night’s game against Minnesota because he was in the hospital awaiting an angiogram, according to his Twitter feed.
Mr. Courtney announced Los Angeles Kings game for 24 years, including their run to the Stanley Cup championship last season, but was idled this season by the NHL lockout. He had spent the last 19 summers announcing Los Angeles Angels games.
He was the voice of All-Star games in three pro leagues, working the 2002 NHL event, baseball’s 2010 event and last year’s NBA All-Star game. He also worked the 1981 NBA Finals, the 1993 and 2012 Stanley Cup finals and the 2002 World Series, won by the Angels.
He filled in announcing several Los Angeles Dodgers games during the season.
Mr. Courtney was in his fifth year announcing Clippers games, having served as the team’s backup announcer for three previous seasons.
“Today our organization lost a good friend,” the Clippers said in a statement. “In his years as public address announcer for Clippers’ home games, David Courtney was a consummate professional who brought a unique passion and energy to every event.”
Mr. Courtney began working in professional sports when he was 14, starting as a public relations assistant for the Kings in 1971.
Mr. Courtney is survived by wife Janet.