As the celebration was going into full effect for the Texas Stars and the Texas Rangers were starting their game in Oakland, news started to spread quickly that ESPN writer and radio host, Richard Durrett passed away suddenly Tuesday.
Richard was a graduate from Texas Christian University and made his mark on the DFW sports market with his coverage of the Texas Rangers. Prior to joining ESPN Dallas in 2009, Durrett was a man of all trades as he covered the Stars, NCAA and high school sports in addition to the Rangers for the Dallas Morning News for nearly a decade.
Quickly, the DFW media members began to pour out their words...at least the ones they could find.
Jamie Kelly of ParnoidFan.com said, "He reached out to me during the David Murphy story. He continued to be a friend and a sounding board. I was in unchartered waters and he helped make it feel normal."
Jamie isn't the only person Richard reached out to. At the start of the Stars season this year, Mr. Durrett reached out to me and offered his own set of encouraging words and wisdom. He knew of some of the struggles I was having and offered to assist in any way that he could.
Richard, 38, is survived by his wife and two children.
In a business filled with ego Richard Durrett had none. As good and decent a person as you'd ever want to meet. A damned good writer too— Chuck Cooperstein (@coopmavs) June 18, 2014
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Richard Durrett. A great writer and a great man. You will be missed.— Dallas Stars (@DallasStars) June 18, 2014
The loss of Richard Durrett is unimaginable. He was a kind, gentle soul. Condolences to his family. RIP.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) June 18, 2014