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Sports Writer Lassiter Dies

July 26, 1998

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) _ Jim Lassiter, who covered the Denver Broncos and other major sports for The Gazette since 1987, died Saturday in an Aurora hospital of complications from surgery for an aneurysm. He was 51.

Lassiter was the paper’s main Broncos writer the past two seasons, chronicling their run to the Super Bowl championship. He also helped with Colorado Rockies coverage.

``We all lost a great friend, a special guy. A guy that I really respected, a guy that was very genuine,″ Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said.

``Even though you’re players or managers or coaches or writers, somehow it’s still a fraternity,″ Rockies manager Don Baylor said. ``His age is what hits home with me.″

Lassiter was born Jan. 27, 1947, in Halifax County, N.C. He graduated from Arkansas State, majoring in journalism, and immediately joined the Arkansas Gazette in Little Rock.

He later moved to the Arkansas Democrat and worked there through most of the 1970s. He was a columnist at The Daily Oklahoman in Oklahoma City from 1979 until joining The Gazette in July 1987.

He is survived by his parents, Worth ``Billy″ and Hettie Lassiter of Conway, N.C.; his brother, Jerry Lassiter of Raleigh, N.C.; and his sister, Jo Ann Finch, also of Raleigh.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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