Dallas-Area ESPN Reporter Durrett Dies at Age 38

Durrett's sports colleagues read from his 2011 column "What Baseball Means to Sons and Fathers"

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    When Richard Durrett died, the Dallas-Fort Worth sports community froze. One of the good guys left us way too early at the age of 38. While he covered a variety of sports, baseball was his passion. Perhaps his finest work was a column he wrote in 2011 called "What Baseball Means to Sons and Fathers." Durrett revealed personal feelings in the aftermath of firefighter Shannon Stone’s death, after he fell while reaching for a ball thrown by Josh Hamilton. Durrett’s closest sports colleagues honor him by reading from that column. (Published Sunday, Jun 22, 2014)

    Richard Durrett, a veteran reporter who covered Dallas-area sports for ESPN, died Tuesday at the age of 38.

    ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz confirmed Durrett's death Tuesday night, but said he had no further details.

    Durrett covered the Rangers and other teams for ESPN Dallas for the last five years. He worked at the Dallas Morning News before joining ESPN.

    Patrick Stiegman, vice president and editorial director for ESPN Digital & Print Media, called Durrett "a dedicated colleague and friend," and the Rangers offered their condolences in a statement. The team said Durrett covered the organization "with professionalism and integrity."

    Durrett's survivors include his wife, Kelly, and two children.

    The Rangers tweeted a message from the family Saturday afternoon:

    Family and friends will gather to remember Durrett on Monday, June 23 at 10:30 a.m. at Northway Christian Church in Dallas.

    The Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation has set up a fund to support Durrett's family. Donations can be made online or through the mail:

    Richard Durrett Family Fund
    Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation
    1000 Ballpark Way, Suite 400
    Arlington, TX 76011

    Donations can also be made at Liberty Bank at any of their five metroplex locations or through the mail:

    The Richard Durrett Family Fund
    c/o Liberty Bank
    3880 Hulen St., suite 100
    Fort Worth, TX 76107

    All donations made through the Rangers Foundation in his memory will be directed to the Richard Durrett Family Fund.

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