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

      WE HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH MARK DOOLAN

      • MARK DOOLAN @mpdoolan@outlook

        nick was my son!you are bitch,failure,not a youth director!you were fired by the buss family!your dad has carried you your hole life!you rippted me off.Took my money,brain washed our children,nick would come talk to me after school! Bring lexie,the dog i brought for him.He told me you would hassle the kids,Steffanie,Anthony,Crista !@mpdoolan@outlook.com Nick called me fathers day,I WILL NEVER FORGET,THE TIMES I HAD WITH HIM.HE ALWAYS HUGGED ME WHEN RIDING OUR HARLEYS,JET SKIES,HE WOULD SAY,DAD BITE MY EAR…..WWF EVERY DAY..YOU SUCK,GLAD TO SEE YOU GET FIRED FROM LAKERS,YOUTH DIRECTOR,MOVIE FAILURE,LOOK IN MIRROR,WHAT DO YOU SEE?MARK DOOLAN AND YOU HAD THE BEST KIDS IN THE WORLD!!!!!!!!!!!KICK ROCKS!!!! I have my SON BACK…ROBERTA ?DO YOU KNOW WHERE HE IS!!!!!!!!HEAVEN ,I’VE BEEN THERE!!2 TIMES DIED 1982.I’M AN ANGEL,NICKS A SAINT!!!!!!!!!!!YOU THINK YOU CAN SAY WHAT YOU WANT.I WILL TELL THE REAL STORY.!!!!!ABOUT OUR FAMILY. IN MY BOOK,,BEST OF LUCK TO OUR KIDS,DOROTHY DOOLAN ,FRANK AND LYNN.PHILYISS MARIANI WILL ALWAYS MY FAMILY..MARK PAUL SENDS REGARDS FROM NEW YORK!!!!TELL OUR KIDS THE TRUTH.I LOVE MY KIDS,LET THEM BE FREE FROM CONTROL YOU KEEP..YOUR DAD AND MOM WILL STILL TAKE CARE OF THEM AND THERE TRUST FUNDS.LIKE NICK SAID BITE ME!!!!!!!!!!!MY BOOK MARRIED TO THE OWNERS DAUGHTER.

  • 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

      THANK YOUR FOR YOUR KINDS WORDS! XOXO APD

  • 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

  • http://www.bellesandrebelles.blogspot.com M BELLESNREBELLES

    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,
    Megan