David Courtney, public address announcer for the Los Angeles Kings, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Los Angeles Clippers, died today of a pulmonary embolism. He was 56. Courtney, who lived in Mission Viejo with his wife, Janet, was the Clippers' public address announcer since 2008, the Kings' since 1989, and the Angels' since 1994.
"The Angels family is deeply saddened to hear of David's passing," Angels officials said in a statement. "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 Clippers issued a statement calling Courtney "a consummate professional who brought a unique passion and energy to every event."
Courtney also was the public address announcer of the Los Angeles Rams in their final four seasons at what was then known as Anaheim Stadium before they moved to St. Louis following the 1994 season.
Courtney, who was born in New York City, moved to Los Angeles in 1963 as his father, Alan, became president of MGM Television.
Courtney got his start in sports in 1971, working as a public relations assistant for the Kings when he was 14 years old.
"David was tremendously passionate about the Kings," Kings President of Business Operations Luc Robitaille said. "In the arena, he was an institution -- he 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 Kings as well." --City News Service