The Houstonians we lost in 2019
Here, we look back at the Houstonians we lost in 2019.
Longtime KPRC2 weatherman Doug Johnson died Thursday, January 3, 2019. He was 79.
He joined Houston’s first television station in 1962. He became a household name while co-anchoring the "Scene at 5" newscast with Ron Stone.
Legendary NASA flight director Christopher Kraft died. He was 95.
Kraft was NASA's first flight director and ran Mission Control during the Apollo program
Legendary Houston oilman and philanthropist Lester Smith died in his sleep. He was 76. Smith had an ongoing battle with cancer and received a double lung transplant in 2016.
Smith made his millions in the oil and gas business.
John Walton, co-host of Houston-based radio show "Walton and Johnson" died on July 1, 2019. Walton battled with several medical issues and had been receiving treatment in June.
Newly-elected Harris County Judge Cassandra Hollemon died on February 11, 2019 at the age of 57.
Hollemon's passing came just weeks after taking over the bench in Harris County Criminal Court at Law No. 12. Officials said she was suffering with undisclosed health issues. Hollemon was sworn into office on Jan. 1.
Tiffany Smith, the wife of former Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith, passed away from breast cancer on Thursday.
Smith took a leave of absence from the team just after the 2017 season ended, when he announced his wife had cancer.
Freeda Foreman, daughter of iconic boxer George Foreman, was found dead on at an Atascocita home on March 8, 2019. She was 42. Officials with the Harris County Medical Examiner's Office later ruled her death a suicide.
She followed in her father's footsteps by becoming a professional boxer in 2000 but later retired with a pro record of 5-1.
Former Galveston County Sheriff Joe Max Taylor died on February 10, 2019.
Taylor served as sheriff of Galveston County from 1981 to 2000. The Galveston Law Enforcement Facility bears his name on the entrance.
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