ESPN Dallas is dealing with the unexpected loss of a beloved local reporter this week. The sports network announced Wednesday that Texas writer Richard Durrett died suddenly, June 17, at just 38 years old.
Durrett covered the Texas Rangers and several other Dallas teams for the past five years, also co-hosting a radio show on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM for several years with colleague Ian Fitzsimmons. No details were given on the cause of death.
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"We are deeply saddened by the loss of Richard Durrett, who covered the Texas Rangers and other sports for ESPN Dallas for the past five years," said ESPN vp and editorial director of digital and print, Patrick Stiegman. "Richard, 38, was a dedicated colleague and friend who was extremely respected and well-liked. 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."
News of Durrett's death also prompted kind words from The Rangers, the team he covered the most closely. "Mr. Durrett earned the respect of team management and field personnel for his fair and thorough coverage on the Rangers beat," read a statement from the MLB team. "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."
He is survived by a wife and two children.