ESPN reporter dies at age 38

BRISTOL, Connecticut (CBS/AP) -- Richard Durrett, a veteran reporter who covered Dallas-area sports for ESPN, has died. He was 38.

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

ESPN Dallas colleague Tim MacMahon tweeted that Durrett "collapsed and died suddenly."

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 says Durrett covered the organization "with professionalism and integrity."

In a statement released Tuesday night, the Rangers said the team was "shocked and saddened" by Durrett's death.

"Mr. Durrett earned the respect of team management and field personnel for his fair and thorough coverage on the Rangers beat," the statement said.

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


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