Courtesy LA Kings
David Courtney after the LA Kings' championship.
David Courtney — the longtime public address anouncer for the LA Kings, LA Clippers and LA Angels of Anaheim — has died.
Courtney, 56, had been the arena voice of the Kings at the Forum and Staples Center for 22 seasons. He was also a LA radio traffic reporter on the Total Traffic Network.
Courtney worked on Wednesday. His Twitter account mentions a visit to the hospital for an angiogram.
@therealstafford I'm in the hospital waiting for an angiogram... You win!— David Courtney (@sportsvoiceLA) November 28, 2012
The Daily News reports Courtney died of a pulmonary embolism.
The Angels released a statement on Courtney's death on their website
The Angels family is deeply saddened to hear of David’s passing. He was a gentle soul, a consummate professional and an unforgettable voice tied to several professional Southern California sports teams. Over the past 18 years, his love, dedication and passion for the Angels was evident every time his voice rang through the ballpark. Our thoughts and prayers go out to David’s family at this difficult time.
The Kings released a statement from Luc Robitaille, the team's president of business operations.
Robitaille said Courtney was "the voice of the Kings – and his work added so much to the live, in-game experience for our fans as it did for the Clippers and Angels as well."
The Kings also compiled a memorial video.
Anaheim Ducks Announcer Phil Hulett says many people thought of him and Courtney as rivals, but Hulett thought of Courtney as a friend and mentor.
“When people today ask me my routine when I come to a hockey or a baseball game I tell them what the routine is, but the truth is I do exactly what David does," he said.
Next week would have been Courtney's 35th anniversary of working with the Kings.
Courtney is survived by his wife, who lives in Mission Viejo.
A clip of Courtney introducing the Kings: