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Posted: Apr 23, 2014 4:11 PM

Updated: Apr 23, 2014 4:12 PM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Robert Heard, who reported on Texas state government, politics and sports for The Associated Press, has died. He was 84.

Heard was one of the people shot in the 1966 University of Texas tower shootings while covering the rampage for the AP. He also had a groundbreaking series on race and integration of Longhorns football.

His widow, Betsy Heard, says he died April 15 from complications after surgery to repair a broken hip.

The August 1966 rampage in which Heard was shot left 17 people dead and 32 others wounded. It remains one of the deadliest mass shootings in the U.S. history.

Heard, who also earned a law degree, wrote several books on politics and sports and founded a newsletter about University of Texas athletics.

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