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Cecil Hurt, longtime Alabama sports reporter for The Tuscaloosa News, has died

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama (WIAT) – Cecil Hurt, longtime sports reporter and columnist for The Tuscaloosa News who covered football in Alabama for nearly 40 years, has passed away. He was 62 years old.

Hurt, who came to the News in 1982, died Tuesday afternoon at UAB hospital after being treated for pneumonia. His death was confirmed in a statement posted on his Twitter page.

“Dear friends, Cecil Hurt passed away this afternoon at UAB Medical Center in Birmingham. He was being treated for pneumonia complicated by underlying problems. Cecil passed away peacefully surrounded by his family and a close friend.

“Please keep Cecil’s family in your prayers as they deal with his passing.

“Her family sincerely appreciated the outpouring of love and support Cecil showed throughout this process. They also wish to thank the doctors, nurses and staff of UAB ICU for the exemplary care and compassion they have provided to Cecil and his family.

“The funeral will be announced at a later date.

“Rest in peace Cécile. “

-Declaration on the death of Cecil Hurt

Hurt’s connection to Alabama dates back to his father, Cecil Lamar Hurt, who played football at the University of Alabama under the guidance of Jennings Bryan “Ears” Whitworth. Born in Tuscaloosa, Hurt grew up in Huntsville and studied English at the University of Alabama.

Throughout his career, Hurt has received numerous awards for his reporting and columns, including the Alabama Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sports Media Association.

Hurt has written two books about football in Alabama: “Tradition: The Pride of Bryant-Denny” and “The Rise of the Crimson Tide”.


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