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Phil Jasner, longtime Sixers writer, dead at 68

Posted Dec 4 2010 12:10AM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Phil Jasner, the award-winning basketball writer for the Philadelphia News, has died. He was 68.

The newspaper reported that Jasner died Friday of cancer.

He was a Daily News staff reporter since 1972 and the Philadelphia 76ers beat writer since 1981.

Daily News editor Michael Days said Jasner "was a smart, elegant man who cared deeply about this paper and his colleagues."

His son Andy, who is also a sports writer, said his father never lost his enthusiasm for the work.

Sixers coach Doug Collins called Jasner the ultimate professional, and a good friend.

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