John Ramsey, 62, a familiar voice to Southern California sports fans for more than a quarter of a century, died early Thursday morning of a heart attack at Long Beach Veterans Hospital.
Ramsey had been the public-address announcer for virtually every major sports team in the area.
In recent years, he had been suffering from complications of diabetes.
At one time or another, Ramsey's deep, clear voice was heard by fans of USC football and basketball, the Rams, Raiders, Lakers, Dodgers, Angels and Kings. He would often announce five games over a three-day weekend.
He was also the P.A. announcer for five Super Bowls and for the basketball venue here at the 1984 Olympic Games.
Recently, though, Ramsey confined his announcing to Trojan football games at the Coliseum.
His announcing style was articulate, unruffled and deliberate.
He got his biggest break in 1958 when Tex Rickard, the Dodgers' public-address announcer in Brooklyn, declined to move to Los Angeles.