Richard Durrett, a sports journalist who covered the Texas Rangers for ESPNDallas.com, passed away on Tuesday. He was 38.
"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 Patrick Stiegman, vice president and editorial director, ESPN digital and print media in a statement.
"He 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."
An outpouring of sadness emerged via Twitter on Wednesday, with several of his colleagues around the industry sharing memories of their time with Durrett.
His influence extended to many Rangers players, who also expressed their grief over the loss.
Durrett leaves behind his wife, Kelly, and two children, Owen and Alice. According to the Star-Telegram, Kelly is expecting the couple's third child.
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