Rucks Russell obituary: Tributes have been paid to former KHOU 11 reporter Rucks Russell after the sad news about his death.
Rucks Russell, who worked at KHOU 11, has died following Covid-19 complications, his wife confirmed to the television station.
Rucks’ former colleagues and those who knew him took to social media to pay their respects and share poignant tributes.
Rucks Russell has passed away
Former KHOU 11 reporter Rucks Russel has passed away. He was 55 years old.
The reporter’s wife said that he died after caring for his younger brother, who also died from Covid-19 complications.
KHOU 11, which is a television station based in Houston, paid a touching tribute to their former colleague on YouTube and on their news website.
“He’ll be remembered for being a genuinely kind man who treated everyone with respect. He was a caring, quiet soul,” their tribute said.
Who was Rucks Russell?
Rucks Russell was a former reporter.
According to his LinkedIn profile, he graduated with a BA degree in Journalism from Rider University. He worked as a news anchor at WNCN for five years before joining KHOU.
He worked at KHOU 11 from 2006 to 2017. During his time at the station, he covered different stories that focused on the local community.
Most recently, Rucks was a communications director/chief of staff at Houston Council, his profile states.
Former colleagues pay tributes
Former colleagues and those who knew Rucks took to social media to pay their respects.
Meteorologist Blake Mathews wrote: “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”.
Former KHOU 11 reporter Doug Miller said in a Facebook tribute: “Heartbreaking news about a fine former Houston television reporter. Rucks Russell has died. His wife says he died of COVID, which he contracted while caring for his brother who had also contracted the virus. Here’s the kind of man Rucks was: His real name was John, but he decided to adopt his mother’s maiden name as his air name. So every time his mother saw that handsome face on television, she heard her son honoring her by saying her name. He was a conspicuously decent man and a exemplar of rectitude, and he has left this world much too soon.”
Malini Basu 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.”
Our thoughts are with Rucks’ family during this time.