What was Cecil Hurt's cause of death as beloved sports columnist passes away?

Joshua Rogers November 24, 2021

Cecil Hurt’s cause of death revealed as the beloved sports columnist passes away.

Sports columnist Cecil Hurt has passed away, according to the long-time Alabama sports writer’s family.

The 62-year-old spent his life working at The Tuscaloosa News and leaves behind a legacy of exceptional sports journalism. Here’s more on the news including Cecil Hurt’s cause of death.

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Who was Cecil Hurt?

Cecil Hurt was a long-time sports columnist at The Tuscaloosa News, known for his extensive coverage of football games in Alabama.

The 63-year-old graduated from the University of Alabama in 1981. In 1982 he joined The Tuscaloosa News, becoming a sports editor and columnist in 1991. He worked there his whole career.

Among his career achievements at the publication was a Pulitzer Prize in 2011 for his coverage of a deadly tornado.

He received the Mel Allen Media Award from the Alabama Sports Hall Of Fame in 2019. Hurt was also a two-time selection as the National Sports Media Association’s Alabama Sports Writer Of The Year.

Hurt won more than a dozen top-ten national awards from the Associated Press Sports Editors organisation.

Via Tuscaloosa News

What was Cecil Hurt’s cause of death?

Hurt’s family confirmed the sad news of his passing on Tuesday, 23 November 2021.

They released a statement that read: “Cecil passed peacefully while surrounded by family and a close friend. Please keep Cecil’s family in your prayers as they cope with his passing.”

Cecil Hurt’s cause of death was due to complications stemming from pneumonia. He reportedly died at UAB Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama.

Journalist fraternity mourns the loss of Cecil Hurt

An outpouring of condolences emerged in the wake of the sad news.

“In pro football, teams put a ‘franchise’ tag on their most valuable players and, at The Tuscaloosa News, Cecil was the franchise,” said Ken Roberts, the paper’s city editor. “Our readers considered his column an essential part of being an Alabama football fan.

“I’ve attended Alabama football games for more than 30 years and many, many times I’ve overheard a fan in the stands saying, ‘I wonder what Cecil Hurt will say about this?’ I think that shows the power of his skills as a writer.”

Alabama football coach Nick Saban said in a statement Hurt was a “good friend and one of the best sports writers I have ever had the [privilege] of working with”.

He continued: “(Cecil) leaves a wonderful legacy as one of sports journalism’s best. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends as well as Alabama fans everywhere, who loved Cecil as much as we did.”

We send our own condolences to Cecil Hurt’s family and friends.

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.