According to the sources Hawks was covering the NBA playoff game between the Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks. Hotel employees discovered him in his room at approximately 9:30 a.m. after he missed a wake-up call.
He was rushed to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The Fulton County medical examiner's office said that Hawks was pronounced dead at 11:48 a.m. at Emory University Medical Center.
Hawks, who joined the station in 2008, was married with two children.
Station Manager and Vice President of News Frank Whittake said in a statement, "We are all stunned right now. Daryl was a great member of our sports team, and was so excited about covering the Bulls during this playoff run".