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Churchill Downs Announcer Dies At 47

The track announcer for Churchill Downs and Ellis Park in Henderson has been found dead at his Indiana apartment.The body of 47year old Luke Kruytbosch was found Monday morning at an apartment he was renting in Evansville.   Kruytbosch recently finished his announcing duties at the Spring Meet at Churchill Downs and had begun work at the summer meet at Ellis Park.The cause of death has not been determined.   An official with the coroner's office tells the Evansville Courier the death appears to be from natural causes.     In a statement, Churchill Downs President Steve Sexton called Kruytbosch "a marvelous talent with a timeless announcing style that connected directly with fans throughout North America."Kruytbosch became the Churchill Downs track announcer in 1999 after a three-year stint at Hollywood Park.Funeral arrangements are pending.(Photo Courtesy of Churchill Downs)   

Rick Howlett was midday host and the host of LPM's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." He was with LPM from 2001-2023 and held many different titles, including Morning Edition host, Assignment Editor and Interim News Director. He died in August 2023. Read a remembrance of Rick here.