WMAQ-TV Chicago reports that sports anchor Daryl Hawks was found dead in a hotel room in Atlanta, where he had gone to cover the NBA Playoffs. He was 38 and had been at the NBC O&O in Chicago since 2008.
The cause of death was not immediately determined, but the Atlanta Journal-Constitution quoted a police official as saying no foul play was expected.
Hawks had gone to Atlanta to cover Game 6 of the playoff series between the Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks. He was found by hotel employees in his room at the Omni Hotel, adjacent to Philips Arena, on Thursday morning after he had missed a wake-up call. He was rushed to Emery University Hospital and pronounced dead. An autopsy is planned by the Fulton County Medical Examiner.
“We are all stunned right now. Daryl was a great member of our sports team and was so excited about covering the Bulls during this playoff run,” said WMAQ Station Manager and VP of News Frank Whittaker.
Hawks is survived by his wife, Sandy, and three children.