DETROIT, Nov. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- The following is a statement from the Detroit Free Press on Bob Talbert: A giant has fallen. Bob Talbert, who gave the Free Press and its readers 32 years of wonderful stories and columns, died this morning after a long illness. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bob's wife, Lynn, and the rest of his family. This is a sad day for all of us who loved Bob Talbert, the man and the journalist. For the Free Press and for millions of Free Press readers, Bob was the good friend who spoke to us each morning from the pages of the newspaper. He made us laugh, moan, reflect and connect with each other. He was the soul and fabric of this newspaper, and the community he called home. Hundreds of tributes have been flooding in on radio stations and to the newspaper, and there is one common element to each one of them. Bob made the human connection to everyone, from people on the street to the high and mighty. He never lost his common touch, and the people of this community fell in love with him and what he told us about ourselves. Bob had been ill for several months. In recent days his doctors and family had seen steady improvement. There was great hope he would soon be back in his familiar place in the newspaper. His passing leaves a great void in our newspaper and our newsroom. No one could fill his shoes. Certainly no one could be as prodigious a writer as Bob. Certainly no journalists could ever be the kind of chronicler of the life of our city that Bob was. Talbert was born May 28, 1936 in Spartanburg, S.C. He graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1958 with a degree in journalism. He started his career as a sports writer. He came to the Free Press from the State and Columbia Record in Columbia S.C. in 1967. Talbert entered the hospital in August for open heart surgery. Other complications, including an ulcer and the resulting infection, ultimately caused his death this morning.
SOURCE Detroit Free Press