On Tuesday afternoon, the iconic Tuscaloosa sports columnist Cecil Hutt died at the UAB Medical Center in Birmingham at the age of 62.The injury is being treated because of potential problems associated with pneumonia. He passed by peacefully surrounded by his family and a close friend.This story was first announced by Tuscaloosa News.

No one wrote about the Tide more beautifully than @CecilHurt. An absolute writing legend and, by all accounts, an all-star human being. Rest In Peace and Roll Tide, Cecil.

Hutt joined the news as a sports writer in 1982 and later became the newspaper’s sports editor and columnist in 1989.Soon after the news broke, Hutt posted a prepared statement on Twitter:The statement read: “His family sincerely appreciates the love and support expressed to Cecil throughout the process.” “They also want to thank the UAB ICU doctors, nurses and staff for providing Cecil and his family. Exemplary care and compassion.”

According to Tuscaloosa News, Hutt graduated from the University of Alabama in 1981, where he received a degree in English and a degree in psychology. He was born in Tuscaloosa, grew up in Huntsville, and graduated from Butler High School. At UA, he worked as a student assistant in the Sports Information Office during Paul W. “Bear” Bryant’s last years as the head coach of the Bama team.

He has won more than a dozen “Top 10” national awards for his column writing in multiple categories (including column writing, breaking news reports, and project reports) as an Associated Press sports editor. In 2019, he won the Mel Allen Media Award from the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame and was named Alabama Sports Writer of the Year by the National Sports Media Association in 2016 and 2019.

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