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Thursday, July 11, 2002
Heart attack claims well-traveled publicist
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Irv Kaze, a sports publicist and broadcaster who worked for the 1981 American League champion New York Yankees and 1984 Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Raiders, has died. He was 75.

Kaze died of a heart attack during dinner at a Glendale restaurant June 29 after taping his show, "Irv Kaze on Sports,'' for KRLA-AM radio, family friend Chuck Panama said.

Kaze was publicity director for the Yankees from 1981-82, and served as senior administrator for the Raiders from 1982-90.

Kaze's career as a sports publicist included working with the Hollywood Stars of the Pacific Coast League, and stints with the NBA's San Diego Clippers, the NFL's San Diego Chargers and baseball's Los Angeles (now Anaheim) Angels.

A bouquet of flowers was placed in his regular seat in the Angels press box for the game Sunday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

At 65, Kaze began a career as a sports broadcaster with a weekly radio show. He was a six-time winner of the Best Radio Program award given by the Southern California Sports Broadcasters. He also was honored by the New York Baseball Writers Association, Orange County Sports Hall of Fame and the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara; son Benjie, a sports producer for Fox Sports Network; daughter-in-law Kathy and two grandchildren. A private family service will be held Monday and a public memorial is being planned.

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