Grandson of Lakers CEO Frank Mariani dies from car accident

Nicholas Mariani, the 24-year-old grandson and executive assistant of Lakers CEO Frank Mariani, died on Wednesday following what the Lakers called a “serious single-car accident” that happened on Sunday morning.

Frank Mariani was the longtime business partner of later Lakers owner Jerry Buss , both whom initially worked together in real estate in the 1950’s before eventually purchasing the Los Angeles Strings and San Diego Friars, respectively, of World Team Tennis.

The rest of Mariani’s family have other roles with the Lakers. Nicholas was the son of Associate Director of the Lakers Youth Foundation Roberta Mariani, nephew of Director of Corporate Partnerships Francis Mariani, and brother of Development Coordinator Anthony Mariani. Nicholas, who was also a Lakers employee, had two sisters.

The Lakers say funeral services are pending.

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  • R.R.

    NIck was a great guy and i im going to miss him dearly. RIP Nick <3

    • APD

      Thank You for your words! XoXo APD

  • BP

    Our heart goes out to the Mariani family from the St. Mary Magdalen school and St. Bonaventure school families.

    • APD

      Thank you! APD

  • scotto

    to mark and roberta, all my condolences. very sorry to hear of your loss.

    • APD


  • a friend;

    may the Mariani family find comfort in knowing their son, grandson, brother and nephew was a joy and good person. May God Bless Nicholas …he will be missed.

    • APM


  • karen

    God Bless the entire Mariani family. In the months ahead, may you all find some peace and comfort in remembering and sharing loving stories of Nicholas, a generous and kind man. Sending many hugs and prayers.

    • APM

      Thank you for you hugs and Prayers! Xoxo APM

  • Gen

    I Just saw this. I met Nic in 2009 on a trip to Hawaii. We hadn’t spoken in a long time but I am so sorry to hear of his passing! A total shock. He was a lovely, generous guy. RIP and thoughts and prayers to his family x


    My heart is with the Mariani family. I miss Nic SO SO much! EVERY DAY! Roberta, I messaged you on Facebook, please don’t feel obligated to respond, just wanted you to know! Nic was such a dear, dear friend and I still miss talking to him every day. It has been a long healing process and I send all of my love from here in NYC. We had some really great, great times together and he will always be in my heart! I think about him every day. So sorry for this loss and so sorry to take so long to put anything into words.

    Very best,