Clippers announcer Courtney passes

Los Angeles Clippers public address announcer David Courtney passed away at the age of 56 on Thursday.

Courtney had been the PA announcer for the Clippers since 2008 and was also the voice of the NHL's Los Angeles Kings during their Stanley Cup runs in 1993 and last season.

"Today our organization lost a good friend," the Clippers stated in a press release. "In his years as public address announcer for Clippers' home games, David Courtney was a consummate professional who brought a unique passion and energy to every event. We are saddened by his passing, and we extend our deepest sympathies to his wife, Janet and the rest of his family. David will be missed by the many people whose lives he touched."

Courtney had also spent the past 19 years announcing games for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of Major League Baseball, which included the World Series- winning 2002 season.

"The Angels family is deeply saddened to hear of David's passing," said the team in a release. "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."

Prior to those jobs, Courtney spent time in Houston, where he announced games for the Rockets of the NBA, Astros in MLB and the Gamblers of the now-defunct United States Football League.

He also did work in movies as a voice actor and spent time in radio.