Chicago Tribune columnist Terry Armour has died, the newspaper reported on its Web site. He was 46.

Armour was taken to a hospital in Chicago, where he died after becoming ill on Friday afternoon, the newspaper said.

Armour joined the Chicago Tribune in 1980 as a copy clerk. He covered the Chicago Bulls for the paper from 1995 to 1999 before becoming an entertainment columnist, according to a biography on the Tribune's Web site.

Armour also was a sportswriter at the Tribune Co.-owned Daily Press in Newport News, Va., from 1988 to 1991.

Armour also had been a host of a midday radio show on the former WCKG-FM.

- AP