Fred White dies

Fred White dies, Former broadcaster Fred White succumbed Wednesday to complications from melanoma. His death came one day after he officially retired from the Royals following a 40-year association with the club.

There are no details at this time regarding funeral arrangements. A club statement said White passed away while in hospice care.

White teamed with Denny Matthews as the Royals’ primary broadcast team from 1973 to 1998. White served more recently as the club’s Director of Broadcast Services and Royals Alumni.

Fred White dies,The decision by the Royals to replace White in 1998 with Ryan Lefebvre initially drew a strong backlash from the club’s fan base. But White remained with the organization by overseeing the Royals Radio Network.

White spent his baseball offseasons by calling basketball games for the Big Eight and Big 12 television networks. He also regularly drew national assignments with ESPN, CBS Sports, NBC Sports and Turner Sports.

An Illinois native, White was the sports anchor at WIBW-TV in Topeka and the broadcast voice for Kansas State athletics before joining the Royals.

White also began directing activities for former players in the Royals Alumni program, which included coordinating appearances at clinics and the Royals Fantasy Camp,Fred White dies.

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