Wednesday, April 2, 2003

Courier-Journal writer dies after brief illness

The Associated Press

LOUISVILLE - John Harrell, who reported on the thoroughbred industry and agriculture for The Courier-Journal, died Tuesday after a brief illness. He was 37.

Harrell was being treated for leukemia at Norton Suburban Hospital when he was stricken Sunday night.

"It is difficult to grasp John's death because he was a good friend who also happened to be a journalist that I greatly admired and respected. He was capable of great things, and I have no doubt he would have achieved them if only given the time," said John Asher, vice president for racing communications at Churchill Downs.

Harrell had worked for the newspaper's sports section from 1988 to 1992 and returned six months ago after a stint at the Thoroughbred Times, an industry publication.

He was recognized as an authority on the thoroughbred industry.

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