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Monday, March 19, 2012 - 8:40am

Legendary Sports Writer Dies

Updated: 2 years ago.
Legendary sport writer Furman Bisher (far left), pictured above with Former Atlanta Braves Baseball coach Bobby Cox (far right), passed away at the age of 93. (photo courtesy Steve Burns)

Sportswriter Furman Bisher has died of a massive heart attack at the age of 93.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Bisher's death on its website Sunday evening. Bisher retired in 2009 after 59 years at the newspaper, writing his final column on the same typewriter he'd used in 1950.

At his retirement, Bisher said, "I just decided that's enough — I had been thinking about it a couple weeks...I just won't be writing a column."

The newspaper reported that the North Carolina native wrote hundreds of articles for national magazines including Sports Illustrated and the Saturday Evening Post. His several books included an autobiography of Hank Aaron.

Bisher began his career in 1938 at the Lumberton Voice in North Carolina, and became an editor at the Charlotte News two years later.