Rucks Russell, Former KHOU 11 Reporter, Dies of COVID-19—Tributes Pour In

Tributes are pouring in for Rucks Russell, a former reporter with KHOU 11 News in Houston, whose death was announced on Wednesday. Russell died at the age of 55 as a result of complications from COVID-19.

The reporter worked at KHOU 11 from 2006 to 2017 and former colleagues have taken to social media to praise his kindness and professionalism. Russell had been caring for his twin brother, who also died from coronavirus.

"He'll be remembered for being a genuinely kind man who treated everyone with respect. He was a caring, quiet soul," KHOU 11 wrote in an article on its website. "The KHOU 11 family is sending our deepest condolences to his family."

KHOU 11 hosts announced Russell's death on air in a video that has since been shared to YouTube. His wife told the network that he had died from complications arising from COVID.

Many journalists who worked with Russell expressed their condolences on Twitter.

"I'm sorry to share that former #KHOU11 journalist, Rucks Russell, has died," wrote KHOU 11 anchor and reporter Lauren Talarico.

"He was a gentleman, a great journalist & was always nothing but kind," she added. "Thanks for all of your stories, Rucks, & for trying to make this world a better place."

Grace White, a KHOU anchor and podcaster, posted: "Rucks Russell was one of the veteran nightside reporters that welcomed me years ago @KHOU.

Rucks Russell was one of the veteran nightside reporters that welcomed me years ago @KHOU. When Rucks left, he passed on a list of sources he thought would be helpful to me. I'll never forget his kindness. My prayers are with his family. #KHOU11 https://t.co/rQoCUoGEp5

— Grace White (@GraceWhiteKHOU) May 13, 2021

"When Rucks left, he passed on a list of sources he thought would be helpful to me. I'll never forget his kindness. My prayers are with his family."

Malini Basu, a reporter with WFAA in Dallas, wrote: "This hurts my heart. Rucks was the kindest man you would ever meet. We always talked about our adventures, & how to further ourselves. Praying for Rucks & his family."

KHOU 11 meteorologist Blake Mathews posted: "Very sad to learn of the passing of former colleague Rucks Russell. Most people feel obligated to say that a person who passes was 'a nice guy,' but Rucks truly was—polite, professional and somebody who had a heart for news. RIP."

Sports reporter Daniel Gotera tweeted: "Stunned to hear the news that former KHOU colleague Rucks Russell has passed away. A good reporter and even better person. RIP, my friend."

The Houston Association of Black Journalists expressed condolences on its Facebook page, posting: "To our dear colleague and friend Rucks Russell, we are heartbroken to hear about your passing. Your memory will live on through us all.

"Thank you for serving the community and being a bright light. Forever in our thoughts and prayers. Rest In Peace."

In a statement, the association added: "His patience, kindness, professionalism and excellence in storytelling will be remembered by all who were blessed to cross his path."

Sergio Quintana, an NBC Bay Area reporter, wrote: "Tonight I learned that a colleague of mine, from back in my days at WNCN in Raleigh, NC, passed away. Rucks Russell was an ace reporter who was the epitome of integrity and grace. I'm blessed to have known him and been a colleague. Rest In Peace my friend."

Newsweek has asked KHOU 11 for further comment.

Former KHOU 11 Reporter Rucks Russell
Rucks Russell, a former reporter with KHOU 11 in Houston, has died from complications related to COVID-19. He was 55. Rucks Russell/Twitter