Longtime sports writer Ron Bergman dies at 80

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Longtime Bay Area sports writer and former Associated Press writer Ron Bergman has died. He was 80.

Bergman died Thursday, according to his daughter Anne. He had been suffering from Parkinson's disease.

Bergman worked for the AP in the 1960s and covered the Beatles' final concert at Candlestick Park in 1966.

He later worked for the Oakland Tribune and San Jose Mercury News, covering the Oakland Athletics dynasty of the 1970s and writing a book, ''Mustache Gang,'' about the 1972 title team. He later covered the Golden State Warriors, Raiders and college sports.

The A's were planning a moment of silence in Bergman's honor before their game Thursday night against the Yankees.

He is survived by former wife Sally, children Anne and Adam; a brother Jim; and grandchildren Henry and Ella.

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