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Examiners Conclude Cause of Death for Daryl Hawks

Medical examiners have concluded that WMAQ sports anchor Daryl Hawks died of a heart attack.

On May 12th, Hawks, 38, was found unresponsive in a hotel room in Atlanta, where he was covering the Bulls’ playoff series with the Hawks. The initial autopsy performed days after his death was inconclusive.

The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office announced on Tuesday that it had finally reached a conclusion, stating that additional tests proved Hawks died of a heart attack caused by hypertension.

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WMAQ Replaces Daryl Hawks with a Familiar Face

WMAQ has filled the position left vacant by recently deceased sports anchor Daryl Hawks, and the NBC O&O didn’t have to look very far.

According to Chicago media blogger Robert Feder, the station has promoted longtime part-timer Mike Adamle to full-time status, effectively filling Hawks’s position. A graduate of Northwestern University and a former member of the Chicago Bears, Adamle has been working for WMAQ for the past seven years.

“Mike has been a key member of our sports team,” Feder quotes WMAQ station manager and VP of news Frank Whittaker as saying. “From his days playing for the Bears and the Wildcats through his many years covering our local teams, Mike’s knowledge of the Chicago sports scene is great. I am delighted he’s back to full-time status.”

Adamle worked as a sports anchor for WMAQ from 1998 to 2001 before leaving for crosstown rival WBBM. After a 3-year stint with the CBS O&O, he returned to WMAQ.

With Questions Lingering, Hawks Family Passes Father’s Day Without Daryl

Jasmine and CJ Hawks spent this past Father’s Day without their father Daryl, the WMAQ sports anchor who died unexpectedly last month, as Sunday marked yet another day of mourning as well as mystery for Daryl’s two young kids and his wife Sandy.

The 38-year-old sportscaster was seemingly healthy around the time of his death and the initial autopsy was inconclusive. Further testing is expected to take another month or so.

“It just doesn’t make sense,” Sandy, Hawks’s widow, told the Chicago Tribune recently. “He was healthy. We ate right. Every single night and the first thing in the morning I have to ask myself, ‘How could this possibly happen to him?’ Why him?’” Read more

WGRZ Remembers Buffalo Native Daryl Hawks

WGRZ honored Chicago sports anchor Daryl Hawks in a story this week (video above), tracing his career back to the Buffalo.

Reporter Claudine Ewing spoke with Hawks’s older brother Harold, who still lives in Buffalo.

“He was 38 and was striving for the top,” Harold told Ewing. “This is very shocking to me and the family.”

Hawsks’s son, Daryl Jr., issued a statement to the NBC-affiliate, saying that the family will miss him “more than words can describe right now.”

Initial Daryl Hawks Autopsy Inconclusive

The cause of WMAQ sports anchor Daryl Hawks’ death remains a mystery after an autopsy conducted by the medical examiner’s office in Atlanta found no obvious clues to why the 38-year-old was found dead in his Atlanta hotel room on Thursday.

The chief medical examiner sent out a press release saying that additional tests are being conducted after the initial autopsy yielded no results.

The results of the additional tests, which include the microscopic examination of tissues and toxicology testing, will not be available for at least two weeks.

In the meantime, WMAQ has been remembering Hawks in a series of segments aired during the NBC O&O’s recent newscasts and the station has posted staff-members’ memories of Hawks on its website.

Death of Daryl Hawks Reminds Many of Losing Another WMAQ Sports Anchor Nine Years Ago

“I got the call nine years ago, when we lost Darrian,” WMAQ sports reporter Peggy Kusinski said in an interview yesterday with WLS (video above). Fighting back tears, Kusinski remembers thinking “not again” when she heard that Daryl Hawks had died.

Darrian Chapman was the lead sports anchor for WMAQ when he died suddenly in 2002, at the age of 37–just a year younger than Hawks was at the time of his death yesterday.

Chapman died after going into full cardiac arrest while playing hockey at a Chicago ice rink. He had previously suffered a heart attack at the age of 31 as he prepared to cover an NBA game for D.C.’s WRC, where he was working at the time.

The cause of Hawks’s death is not yet known. An autopsy is scheduled for today.

How Other Chicago Stations Reported Daryl Hawks’ Death

The stunning news of the death of NBC5 sportscaster Daryl Hawks was news on WMAQ’s competitors Thursday and into this morning.

WBBM-CBS2 reported the news during the sports reports at 5 and 6. At 10pm, Hawks’ death was part of the the newscast lead as a moment of silence was recognized for Hawks before the tip-off of last night’s Chicago Bulls – Atlanta Hawks playoff game. Hawks was in Atlanta to cover the game for NBC5.

WLS-ABC7 reported the news multiple times, during newscasts at 4, 4:30, 5 and twice at 6pm, during news and sports; and again at 10pm.

WGN-CW9 reported the news early during the 5pm newscast, using the quote from WMAQ general manager Larry Wert. WGN continued reporting into this morning’s 11am show about an autopsy being performed today to help determine the cause of the 38-year-old’s death.

WFLD-FOX Chicago reported the news during last night’s 9pm sports report. Bob Sirott, who worked with Hawks at WMAQ, called Hawks, “instantly likeable to all.”

WMAQ, City of Chicago Mourn Loss of Daryl Hawks

WMAQ, as well as the entire city of Chicago, is mourning the loss of sports anchor Daryl Hawks, who was found dead yesterday in an Atlanta hotel room.

The NBC O&O ran segments throughout the day yesterday, remembering the 38-year-old three-time Emmy winner who had been a fixture on Chicago TV as well as in the community since 2008.

Hawks had been in Atlanta to cover the Bulls’ playoff series with the Hawks and a moment of silence was held prior to last night’s game, which the Bulls won.

Viewers have taken to Hawks’s Facebook fan page in the wake of his death, leaving well wishes and memories.

“You were a great sports anchor and even a better human being,” one Facebook commenter wrote, summing up a sentiment shared by people throughout the Chicago area.

WMAQ Sports Anchor Daryl Hawks Found Dead

WMAQ sports anchor Daryl Hawks was found dead in an Atlanta hotel room this morning.

Hawks, 38, was in town to cover the Bulls’ playoff series with the Atlanta Hawks. After Hawks missed his wake-up call, the WMAQ photographer on assignment with him asked hotel employees to check on his room. They found him unresponsive.

Hawks was rushed to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to WMAQ. The cause of death is unknown at this time.

“We are all stunned right now,” said Frank Whittaker, WMAQ’s station manager and vice president of news, in a post on WMAQ’s website. “Daryl was a great member of our sports team, and was so excited about covering the Bulls during this playoff run.”