Former Kings beat writer Marty McNeal passes away at age 64

From NBA Twitter and media reports

May 21, 2020 4:48 PM ET

Martin McNeal was a Kings beat writer from 1992 to 2005. (Photo via the Sacramento Bee)

The NBA world mourned the loss of longtime Sacramento Kings beat writer and columnist Martin "Marty" McNeal on Thursday. McNeal passed away after a battle with leukemia with his wife Beverly and his son Phillip by his side. He was 64.

McNeal started at the Sacramento Bee in 1990 and became the Kings beat writer in 1992. For the next 20-plus seasons, McNeal was a constant presence around the Kings and became well known for his personality, work ethic and room-filling laugh. He transitioned into a columnist position for the Bee under the moniker "Marty Mac's World" in 2005.

In a statement, Kings GM Vlade Divac praised McNeal for a "unique storytelling ability unlike any other":

He had a magnetic personality, fiercely loved the game and was a legendary writer that inspired and entertained readers of all ages. He was also a beloved mentor and loyal friend to many, as well as a loving husband and father who will be greatly missed.

Prior to joining the Bee, McNeal wrote for the Dallas Times Herald.

After the news of his death, many NBA journalists took to social media to mourn the loss of a revered colleague.

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