LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Joe McDonnell, a former sportscaster for KNX 1070 Newsradio and a longtime journalist, has died.

McDonnell, who was a fixture of the Los Angeles sports scene for more than four decades, died earlier Friday due to an undisclosed illness, according to L.A. Radio.

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As KNX 1070 reports, McDonnell was known for his outspoken views.

“For more than 35 years, Joe has been a regular at Lakers games and press events,” Jeanie Buss, the Los Angeles Lakers president, said. “Known for his quick wit and strong opinions, Joe’s love of and support of the Lakers has always been appreciated.”

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The team’s General Manager Mitch Kupchak also issued a statement the following statement:

“Although Joe was opinionated and brutally honest in his coverage, I always felt he was knowledgeable and fair. He loved covering sports in our beloved city, and had a presence at every major sporting event. As both a player and executive, I enjoyed working with Joe since I arrived in town in 1981. I will miss seeing him at our games, practices, and press conferences.”

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McDonnell was 58.