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Woody Durham, the voice of North Carolina football and basketball for 40 years and the father of longtime Georgia Tech broadcaster Wes Durham, died early Wednesday morning, March 7, 2018. Durham was 76.

Durham suffered from primary progressive aphasia, a degenerative brain disorder. During his time calling Tar Heels football and basketball games, from 1971-2011, he became an institution in the state of North Carolina. The admiration and love that Wes, who was Tech's voice from 1995 through 2013, held for his father was obvious.

"It's amazing to me on Saturdays, how I catch myself doing one or two things every game that he did," Wes Durham said in a March 2017 interview with the News & Observer of Raleigh, N.C. "And sometimes I just laugh to myself."

Wes Durham released a statement Wednesday on the UNC athletics website.

"Our family is grateful for the incredible support my dad and our family received throughout his illness," the statement read. "From the medical teams to the general public, it's been amazing. We hold to and will always cherish the wonderful memories he left for our family and Carolina fans throughout the world."

Woody Durham was awarded the 2018 Bob Bradley Spirit and Courage Award from the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association (ACSM) and the Atlantic Coast Conference.

A celebration of Woody Durham's life is planned Sunday, April 8, 2018, at Carmichael Arena on the UNC campus, the school announced.

Memorial gifts may be made to the following:

Medical Foundation of NC
For Woody Durham Fund
PO Box 1050
Chapel Hill NC 27514

UNC Hospice
287 East Street, Suite 221
Pittsboro NC 27312

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GoHeels.com: Woody Durham named 2018 Bradley Award Winner
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from Mar. 12 to Apr. 8, 2018
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