Famed Astros peanut vendor dies

May 20, 2009 6:07:02 PM PDT
Houston Astros games at Minute Maid Park may never be the same after peanut vendor Arnie Murphy, known as the 'Peanut Dude,' died Tuesday. He was 61.[SPORTS BLOG: Read the latest from the Eyewitness Sports team]

Murphy was also known as 'Arnie the Peanut Dude.' You may have heard his cries or seen him tossing bags of peanuts at Minute Maid Park, and years earlier at the Astrodome. He was a legend among vendors, appearing in All-Star games and even in the pages of People magazine.

According to a statement from his employer, Aramark, Murphy "passed away in his chair while recovering from a stem cell transplant needed to help his failing heart."

The Astros and their fans honored Murphy with a moment of silence before the national anthem of Wednesday night's game versus the Brewers.

Send us your sports story tips | More sports stories
Astros page | MLB standings | MLB scoreboard | Astros stats