Legendary sportswriter Furman Bisher died at age 93 on Sunday of a heart attack, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Bisher worked for the paper for 59 years before retiring in 2009. He also was a columnist for The Sporting News and contributed hundreds of articles for Sports Illustrated, The Saturday Evening Post and other national publications. He came out of retirement in 2010 to write for the Gwinnett Daily Post. His last column for that publication was one on Butch Harmon, published March 8.
Born in North Carolina in 1918, James Furman Bisher graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1938. He worked at several papers in his home state before landing in Atlanta in 1950. For the AJC, Bisher covered every Masters and Kentucky Derby since his hiring. He covered every Super Bowl but the first.
Bisher had complained of back pain in recent weeks, making him question whether he would be at Augusta National next month. He had planned to watch golf on television on Sunday afternoon, according to the paper.
A giant in golf writing, Bisher won the PGA Lifetime Achievement in Journalism Award in 1996.