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Chicago sports anchor found dead in Atlanta

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Mike Benzie, Yahoo! Atlanta Editor

NBC Chicago has confirmed that sports anchor Daryl Hawks died this morning in Atlanta. The Fulton County, Ga. medical examiner's office confirmed the death.

NBC Chicago reported that hotel employees discovered him in his room at 9:30 a.m.

Hawks was in Atlanta to cover Game 6 of the Chicago Bulls-Atlanta Hawks game at Philips Arena. The cause of death is unknown, according to the station's report.

The Fulton County medical examiner's office told the Chicago Tribune that Hawks was pronounced dead at 11:48 a.m. at Emory University Medical Center. Further information wasn't immediately available. Hawks's body was discovered after he did not appear for the Bulls' morning shootaround at approximately 9:30 a.m., according to the reports.

"We are all stunned right now," said Frank Whittaker, NBC Chicago station manager and vice president of news. "Daryl was a great member of our sports team, and was so excited about covering the Bulls during this playoff run."

NBC said Hawks was 38 years old, a three-time Emmy winner, and a former Marine. He leaves behind a wife, Sandy, and two children.

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