Rick Bonnell dead at 63: Charlotte Observer sports reporter passes away after working at paper for 33 years

A CHARLOTTE Observer sports reporter has died after working at the paper for 33 years,

Rick Bonnell's cause of death has not been immediately revealed, however, it is believed he died of natural causes.

He was found unresponsive in his Charlotte, North Carolina, home at 7pm on Tuesday by a friend.

The writer was 63 at the time of his death, that was described as "sudden."

Bonnell was best known for his years of reporting at The Charlotte Observer.

He extensively covered the Charlotte Hornets during many seasons, including this past one. The reporter served for a total of 33 years at the local paper.

Following the tragic news, colleagues and friends swarmed to social media to commemorate the writer.

Sports columnist Scott Fowler wrote: "We are all so devastated at The Charlotte Observer but I must report that our beloved colleague Rick Bonnell has suddenly passed away.

"Rick was a Hornets beat-writing legend, a father, a generous colleague. Honestly, I don’t know what we are going to do."

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