Longtime Astros executive dies

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- Astros senior vice president of broadcasting and alumni relations Jamie Hildreth died Friday. He was 72.

Hildreth had been with the organization for 31 years.

"Words cannot express how shocked and devastated all of us are right now," Astros President of Business Operations Reid Ryan said in a news release. "Jamie gave so much of himself to the Astros organization and was loved and respected by so many in the Astros family and beyond. He had the unique ability to light up a room, no matter where he was. He was one of those people that no matter where he may be, someone would recognize him and come over to say hello. He truly was a special, one-of-a-kind individual and will be greatly missed. This is a very difficult time for us. We are in mourning over the loss of a very, very special man."

Hildreth graduated from UH with a degree in radio and television.

"Jamie was a vital part of the Astros organization for over three decades," said Astros Owner and Chairman Jim Crane. "His knowledge of the industry and great ability to connect with people were invaluable. He has left an indelible mark on those of us that were fortunate to work with him. We send our deepest condolences to his many friends and family members."

He's survived by his wife, two sons and five grandchildren.
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