DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) — Richard Durrett, a veteran reporter who covered the Texas Rangers and other sports for ESPN, has died at the age of 38.
ESPNDallas.com confirmed his death late Tuesday night, but provided no further details.
Durrett covered the Rangers and other teams for ESPN Dallas since September 2009. He worked at the Dallas Morning News for nine years before joining ESPN.
“Richard, 38, was a dedicated colleague and friend who was extremely respected and well-liked,” said Patrick Stiegman, ESPN vice president and editorial director, digital and print. “He was known for creativity and an exceptional work ethic throughout his ESPN tenure, and nearly a decade at The Dallas Morning News before that.”
The Texas Rangers also offered their condolences in a statement.
Mr. Durrett was a versatile journalist in every sense of the word with both his written and electronic coverage. He was always willing to contribute to Rangers publications and even did occasional radio play-by-play on Rangers broadcasts in spring training and the regular season.
The thoughts and prayers of our entire organization go out to Mr. Durrett’s family.
Durrett is survived by his wife, Kelly, and two children.
Durrett’s colleagues at ESPN Dallas wrote a series of pieces remembering their colleague.
Former coworker and friend Newy Scruggs joined Shan & RJ on 105.3 The Fan on Wednesday morning to remember Durrett.
Durrett leaves behind a legacy of extreme kindness, relentless work ethic and undeniable passion for family. Hard to do any better than that—
Ben Rogers (@BenRogers) June 18, 2014
There are few in the media you can't say anything bad about, or haven't tried to stab anyone in the back. Richard Durrett was one of the few—
RJ Choppy (@rjchoppy) June 18, 2014
My goodness…My heart goes out to Richard Durrett and his family. Seriously one of the nicest beat writers in our business. RIP my friend.—
Roy White III (@RDubThree) June 18, 2014
The outpouring of real emotion demonstrates what an outstanding person Richard was and how we all just ache for his young family. Bad day.—
Jeff Wade (@SkinWade) June 18, 2014
Horrible news. Like everybody is saying tonight, Richard Durrett was a great person. Always nice every time I saw him. Thoughts and prayers—
Mike Bacsik (@MikeBacsik) June 18, 2014
True story: when I started my internship, I was asked who in Dallas media Id like to be: Dale Hansen. Got same ? at the end: Richard Durrett—
Jonathon Shipman (@ShippySports) June 18, 2014
We lost a great man today. My ESPN Dallas colleague Richard Durrett collapsed and died suddenly. He leaves behind a wife and 2 little kids.—
Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) June 18, 2014
On behalf of myself and my teammates, we send our condolences to the family of Richard Durrett. 👼🙏—
Elvis Andrus (@ElvisandrusSS1) June 18, 2014
We'll miss you Richard Durrett, A great friend and the best in the business.—
Mike Modano (@9modano) June 18, 2014
Saddened by the news of Richard Durrett. Great man. Thoughts go out to his family. RIP—
Dirk Nowitzki (@swish41) June 18, 2014
Our thoughts are with Richard Durrett's family as we mourn the loss of a friend & colleague.—
Texas Rangers (@Rangers) June 18, 2014
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