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Chicago Radio Sportscaster Les Grobstein’s Death Cause at 69


Radio host Les Grobstein, whose career in Chicago spanned more than 50 years, has passed away at 69. No information regarding Les Grobstein’ss cause of death has been released.

Grobstein was found dead in his Elk Grove Village home on Sunday, January 16, 2021. Grobstein had been out sick since January 12.

“We are devastated by the loss of a Chicago sports legend,” Mitch Rosen, operations director, and brand manager for 670 The Score, revealed on Monday.

“Our audience who Les kept company overnight for years will miss him the most along with our team at The Score. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and all of his fans.”

Chicago Radio Sportscaster Les Grobstein's Death Cause at 69

He was a fixture of Chicago’s sports radio for more than 50 years. Grobstein most recently was on the air at 670 The Score.

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Les Grobstein’s Cause of Death Remains a Secret

Chicago sports broadcaster Les Grobstein’s cause of death was not immediately available. He was found dead in his Elk Grove Village home on Sunday afternoon.

A Chicago native, Grobstein graduated from Columbia College and began his career as a color commentator for Northwestern basketball.

He shot to fame for being the only one to record a shady locker-room rant by Chicago Cubs manager Lee Elia in 1983.

Les worked for the sports station WMVP 1000-AM from 1991 to 1997. He returned to The Score as their weeknight overnight host.

Grobstein’s colleagues at The Score mourned his loss Monday morning.

The Score afternoon host Danny Parkins wrote: “The Grobber was a true Chicago radio legend. Over 50 years on the air. FIFTY.”

Chicago Radio Sportscaster Les Grobstein's Death Cause at 69

“The Score is one of the last places to have live and local overnight sports radio, and there was no one better suited than Les. Condolences to his partner Kathy and son Scott. RIP. ‘I was there,'” he added.

Chicago reporter Leila Rahimi wrote: “The best description of Les Grobstein I heard came from @ChrisRongey who simply said ‘there’s no one like Les, and we need to appreciate him.’

“Sad day for his family, friends, listeners, and our colleagues,” Leila Rahimi said.

The Chicago Bears released a statement and paid tribute to the beloved radio host. “We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our friend and 670 The Score radio host Les Grobstein.

“Les was a true media icon of the last 50+ years, whose knowledge of Chicago sports history was unparalleled. Les was proud of having attended more than 100 Bears-Packers games in his time, his first coming in 1963, and he could recall it like it was yesterday.”

“He was always a pleasure to chat with on game days, and anyone who had a conversation with Les walked away knowing more. On behalf of the entire Bears organization, we extend our thoughts and prayers to his family, especially his beloved Kathy and son Scott, friends and countless faithful listeners.”

Chris Emma wrote: “Les Grobstein was one of a kind, full of so much kindness, countless stories, and far too many one-liners. He genuinely loved every interaction, whether it was with a friend or Score Overnight caller. I’ll miss a buddy who was always uniquely himself. What a life and legacy.”

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