Incredibly sad news out of Dallas yesterday – ESPN Dallas writer Richard Durrett died unexpectedly at the age of 38. While official reports cite the cause as unknown, colleagues on Twitter alluded to a brain aneurysm.
Durrett covered the Texas Rangers at ESPN after joining the company in 2009. He had previously worked for the Dallas Morning News for nine years. The team released a statement after his passing paying tribute to the reporter.
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.
The outpouring of shock and grief on Twitter from those who did and didn’t know Durrett was immediate.
I have pretty strong evidence that Richard texted at least 400 people Sunday wishing them Happy Father's Day. Which is totally unsurprising.
— Jamey Newberg (@NewbergReport) June 18, 2014
It would be impossible to put together a list of better people in this business than Richard Durrett because no one would be on it.
— Anthony Andro (@aandro) June 18, 2014
The only criticism I ever had of Richard Durrett was that he was too nice. He went out of his way to befriend and help anybody he could.
— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) June 18, 2014
— Keith Whitmire (@Keith_Whitmire) June 18, 2014
Horrible and tragic news. @ESPNDallas Richard Durrett has passed away way too young. As good a person as there has been in our business
— Pedro Gomez (@pedrogomezESPN) June 18, 2014
Never met Richard Durrett but after reading so many sincere glowing things about him I wish I had. Heart felt condolences to his family
— chuck swirsky (@ctsbulls) June 18, 2014
Saddened by the news of Richard Durrett. Great man. Thoughts go out to his family. RIP
— Dirk Nowitzki (@swish41) June 18, 2014
There is already a section of ESPNDallas.com dedicated to his colleagues posting tributes to him.
Durrett is survived by a wife and two young children. It’s just incredibly heartbreaking news and our thoughts are with them as well.