Daryl Hawks, an NBCChicago sports anchor since 2008 died this morning in Atlanta. Hawks previously worked at NBC Bay Area, from April 2005 until departing for Chicago.
He was there to cover Game 6 of the Bulls vs. Hawks game. The cause of death is unknown at this time.
Hotel employees discovered him in his room at approximately 9:30 a.m. after he missed a wake-up call. He was rushed to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
"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 Frank Whittaker, Station Manager and Vice President of News.
Hawks was 38 years old. He was a three-time Emmy Winner and former Marine.
He leaves behind a wife, Sandy, and two children.