Dallas-area ESPN reporter Durrett dies at age 38

Dallas-area ESPN reporter Durrett dies at age 38

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Posted on June 18, 2014 at 12:38 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 18 at 4:38 PM

DALLAS -- The Rangers are mourning the loss of ESPN Dallas writer and blogger Richard Durrett.

The 38-year-old husband and father of two died suddenly Tuesday. Sources say he had a brain aneurysm, although that is not confirmed.

As recently as Tuesday morning, Durrett was tweeting about Rangers transactions.

"The only criticism I ever had of Richard Durrett was that he was too nice," ESPN colleague Tim MacMahon said.

The Texas Rangers released a statement regarding his passing late Tuesday night.

"Mr. Durrett covered the Texas Rangers with professionalism and integrity for the last decade, first for
the Dallas Morning News and more recently for ESPNDallas.com," the statement read. "He earned the respect of team management and field personnel for his fair and thorough coverage on the Rangers beat. Mr. Durrett was a versatile journalist in every sense of the word with both his written and electronic coverage. [...] The thoughts and prayers of our entire organization go out to Mr. Durrett’s family."

The team has also set up a fund for Durrett's family. Check it out here.

Donations can also be made through the mail at Richard Durrett Family Fund, Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation, 1000 Ballpark Way, Suite 400, Arlington, TX 76011. Donations made through the Rangers Foundation in his memory will be directed to the Richard Durrett Family Fund.

Donations can also be made to the Richard Durrett Family Fund, c/o Liberty Bank, 3880 Hulen Street, suite 100, Fort Worth, TX 76107 or at any of their five metroplex locations.

Numerous friends and co-workers have written about Durrett's passing, including Anthony Andro of Fox Sports Southwest, Tim MacMahon and Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, Jeff Wilson and Mac Engel of the Star-Telegram, and our Baseball Texas contributor Patrick Despain.

He was a TCU graduate and mentored numerous students from that university and others pursuing journalism.

Durrett is survived by his wife, Kelly, and two children, with another on the way.

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