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Former Chicago Bulls announcer Jim Durham passes away

Jim Durham, the legendary broadcaster that called Chicago Bulls games from 1973 to 1991, passed away in his Texas home over the weekend.

Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE

The Chicago Bulls' legendary former broadcaster, Jim Durham, passed away at his home in Tomball, Texas, over the weekend at the age of 65, according to Bryan Crawford of NBC Chicago. A native of Chicago, Durham called Bulls games from 1973 to 1991, partnering with fellow Bulls legend Johnny "Red" Kerr for many years.

Best remembered for calling games during the Michael Jordan era, Durham left the Bulls after Jordan's seventh season, his last before winning an NBA title. Leaving the cold of Chicago for Texas, he called Dallas Mavericks games from 1993 to 2001 before hanging up his microphone.

Recipient of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame's Curt Gowdy Media Award last year, Durham proved to be a staple of Chicago sports media during his tenure, winning Sportscaster of the Year in Illinois on three separate occasions.

Durham is survived by his wife, Helen, and three children, Patrick, Richard and Tracy.