Former NBA commissioner David Stern dies at age 77

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(WDBJ7/AP)-- According to ESPN, longtime NBA commissioner, David Stern, has died at the age of 77.

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Stern spent 30 years as the NBA's longest-serving commissioner and oversaw its growth into a global power.

The Associated Press reported that the NBA said Stern died Wednesday after suffering a brain hemorrhage Dec. 12

Stern had been involved with the NBA for nearly two decades before becoming commissioner in 1984. By the time he left, a league that had struggled for a foothold had grown into a more than $5 billion a year industry.

According to the initial information from ESPN, Stern had been in the hospital since December 17 after suffering a brain hemorrhage.

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