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Longtime Fort Worth philanthropist Anne Marion has died.

The Voice Of Big Tex, Bob Boykin, Dies At 73

Feb 10, 2020

The booming voice of Big Tex, the 55-foot-tall icon of the State Fair of Texas, will sound different from now on. Robert “Bob” Boykin, the voice of Big Tex for the last seven years, has died.

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Veteran journalist Cokie Roberts, who joined an upstart NPR in 1978 and left an indelible imprint on the growing network with her coverage of Washington politics before later going to ABC News, has died. She was 75.

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Former President George W. Bush and U.S. Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz were among the political elite who celebrated the life of Ray Hutchison Thursday.

The 81-year-old husband of former Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison died Sunday of a heart problem, leaving behind a legacy that includes many of the biggest public projects in Dallas-Fort Worth.

KERA’s Jerome Weeks offers a deeper look at local theater legend Jerry Russell, who died Thursday following complications from abdominal surgery. He was 77. Jerome spoke with Russell’s widow, who offered her thoughts on his life -- and his impact. Russell’s daughter is State Sen. Wendy Davis, who had delayed her decision on whether to run for Texas governor so she could care for him. Jerome reports that Russell wasn’t just talented on the stage – he was a savvy business manager, too. When he opened Stage West in Fort Worth, he didn’t trust the stage to provide a steady livelihood. So he opened a sandwich shop next door.