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ESPN Dallas Reporter Richard Durrett Dies At Age 38

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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.

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