Former super-obese & iconic Los Angeles sports reporter, Joe McDonnell, dead at 58

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    My condolences .....Rest In Peace, hungry man

    Joe McDonnell, Los Angeles sports media fixture, dies at 58




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    Joe McDonnell, a Los Angeles sports commentator and talk show host who was known for his once enormous size and magnetic personality, has died, the Angels confirmed. He was 58.



    McDonnell died Friday afternoon at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles, according to family friend and sports publicist Steve Brener. The cause has not been determined.
    Remembering Joe McDonnell, the one and only McDonnell, who at one time weighed
    740 pounds before undergoing gastric-bypass surgery, was known throughout the Los Angeles sports-talk radio scene since the 1980s. His nicknames included Big Joe and the Big Smelly.

    McDonnell was admired by fans and teams alike.

    "For more than 35 years, Joe has been a regular at Lakers games and press events," Los Angeles Lakers President Jeanie Buss said in a statement. "Known for his quick wit and strong opinions, Joe’s love of and support of the Lakers has always been appreciated. Over all these years, our players, coaches and staff have enjoyed working with and knowing Joe. He will be sorely missed.” Said Angels Manager Mike Scioscia: "I've known him since I first came up with the Dodgers. He's a good friend who will be missed. It's sad."

    McDonnell was born Aug. 30, 1956, in Upper Darby, Pa., and attended Alemany High School in Mission Hills and L.A. Valley College. He began his radio career in 1975 at age 19 for KGIL.

    His love of sports allowed him to keep his finger on the pulse of L.A. teams, former colleagues said.


    http://www.latimes.com/sports/sportsnow/la-me-joe-mcdonnell-20150313-story.html
     
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    that dude got all dressed up to be interviewed by that weirdo in some motel conference room

    he probably still irked over that
     
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    If you've ever gone to a Dodger, Angel, or Laker game you knew you'd see him there somewhere on the field ... You couldn't miss him... He was shockingly enormous
     
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    When they bury him, it'll look like a pitcher's mound over his grave.
     
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    Too soon
     
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    ^ this


    One of the company's I worked for back in the late 90's had a dugout level suite at Angel stadium ... Almost every time I'd go to a game he was there interviewing someone on or near the field ... He was standing about 20 feet away one time, and I could not believe my eyes ... He was THE most unhealthiest looking person I'd ever seen in my life ... He was pasty white, and always seemed to be trying to catch his breathe ... I felt really bad for him.. Lord knows what happened in his upbringing that'd cause such a severe food addiction
     
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    rip big joe :( i loved listening to that guy, he was a legendary reporter here, broke a few big stories and was always entertaining radio
     
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    nextlevel You're so amazing

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    the mcdonnell douglas show was some of the best talk radio that ever existed
     
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    He also broke a few chairs. :c
     
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    Those guys had some classic on-air arguments
     
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    is this the dead pic?
     
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    nextlevel You're so amazing

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    the man is dead, show a little respect
     
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    If he only turned to shitty corporate subs....
     
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    No lie, the guys appearance in real life would make you stop in your tracks ... He looked like walking death 15 years ago
     
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    Yet DR George Fishbeck is alive and kickin still