Lauren KellyBy Lauren Kelly

Many native Houstonians are saddened today after news of longtime TV sports reporter Bob Allen losing his battle with cancer.

For many years, Bob had been a staple on ABC’s KTRK and CBS’s KHOU reporting some of the biggest sports events that happened here in Houston. He died at 70 years old, following a battle with a form of T-Cell lymphoma, a blood cancer.

According to the Chronicle, “Earlier this year, Allen announced he was cancer-free following a stem cell transplant process.”

His family at ABC 13 wrote on their website:

We’re saddened by the passing of our longtime friend and colleague Bob Allen, ending his battle with cancer. He was 70 years old.

Bob spent 38 years as part of our family at Eyewitness News, ending his career with ABC13 as our Sports Director in January 2013. Bob spent the remainder of his television career with KHOU.

Bob was born and raised in Houston, where as a child he visited the ABC 13 studios. He started his career in radio, then graduated to the TV screen in 1974, first as the weekend sports anchor. The next year, he became Eyewitness News Sports Director.

Bob began the fight of his life in the summer of 2015, when he announced had a form of T-cell lymphoma.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Bob’s family and friends.


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