Former NBA Commissioner David Stern has surgery for brain hemorrhage

On this day: September 22
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1942: David Stern, who served as NBA commissioner from 1984 to 2014, is born in New York City. Stern, who is credited with increasing the popularity of the NBA in the 1990s and 2000s, was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in August 2014.

Former NBA Commissioner David Stern underwent emergency surgery Thursday after a sudden brain hemorrhage, the professional basketball league said in a statement.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with David and his family,” the NBA said.

A 911 call about an individual with a “cardiac condition” came in around 2 p.m. Thursday, a New York City Fire Department spokesman told CNN.

That individual was taken to St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital from 9 West 57th Street, the building that houses the Brasserie 8 ½ restaurant.

A security guard at the building told CNN he and his supervisor were called to the restaurant when Stern fainted.

Victor Tossas-Rivera, the security guard, said they called 911 and used a defibrillator on Stern but he appeared unresponsive when first responders arrived.

CNN’s Steve Forrest contributed to this report.