Longtime Texas Rangers beat writer Richard Durrett passed away early Tuesday, he was 38. This came as shock to the baseball world and especially for those who were among him for so many years. Durrett has covered the Texas Rangers and Dallas Mavericks for the past five seasons.

Durrett was one of most respected beat writers in the business and it easily seen Tuesday when the news was announced that it was a true tragedy. The twitter world surely mourned the loss of Durrett. Marc Stein tweeted “One of the nicest guys you’d ever meet, in this or any biz, has lost his life too young to even contemplate. Prayers to the Richard Durrett family. It is clear that this man was not only respected for his writing but for his personality which touched so many lives. ESPN New York writer Adam Rubin tweeted “So saddened to learn of the passing of ESPN Dallas Rangers beat reporter Richard Durrett who leaves behind wife and two young children.

According to ESPN Dallas this was the statement released by the Texas Rangers, “Mr. Durrett earned the respect of team management and field personnel for his fair and thorough coverage on the Rangers beat,” the statement said. “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.

Durett joined ESPN Dallas in 2009 and prior to that he spent nine year working at the Dallas Morning News. He was also a sports editor at the Richard-Chronicle in Denton, Texas. He also hosted a radio show on ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM for several years. The Rangers foundation has set up a fund for the Durrett family. Donations can be made through their team website. Durrett leaves behind his wife and his two young children.

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