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Rory Markas -- Angles' Announcer Dead

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Rory Markas (1955-January 5, 2010) born in Chatsworth, California was a TV and radio play-by-play sports broadcaster for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim baseball team and the USC men's basketball team. Markas was frequently paired on Television with former Major League pitcher and current analyst Mark Gubicza.

Markas was due to enter his ninth season as the lead radio voice of Angels baseball, and was also the radio voice of USC Trojans basketball. Markas had previously called baseball games for USC and at the time of his death also worked as a field reporter and part-time sports anchor for KTTV, the Fox-owned television station in Los Angeles. Dating back to the early 1980s, Markas worked for CBS' KNX-AM and KCBS-TV in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Clippers radio network, the Milwaukee Brewers television and radio networks, the original Prime Ticket network (now Fox Sports Net West), and the Pacific Coast League's Salt Lake City Gulls and Vancouver Canadians baseball teams. Rory also had a brief stint in Las Vegas as a DJ during the 1980s. Markas briefly hosted USC Insider with Pete Arbogast in 2001 on KMPC before joining the Angels.

Markas had several broadcasting awards to his credit, including three Golden Mike Awards (for radio reporting), and two Associated Press Sportcasting Awards.

Markas was an alum of Los Angeles Valley College, California State University-Northridge, and Chatsworth High School in Chatsworth CA. and resided in suburban Palmdale, north of Los Angeles.

Markas was also the lead announcer for RollerJam from its second season to its last.

In late-2008, Markas underwent surgery to remove a blood clot in his brain, which sidelined him for about six weeks. Steve Physioc, his Angels partner, filled in for Rory on several games.

On the morning of January 5, 2010, KTTV-Fox L.A. and radio stations KNX and KLAA announced that Markas passed away. No cause of death was immediately announced. Angels VP of Public Relations Tim Mead told KLAA radio that Markas had died at home around midnight with paramedics in attendance. The Orange County Register is reporting Markas died of an apparent heart attack.

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