Eric Randal Latz

Following a shockingly short illness, Eric Randal Latz, 59, died Tuesday morning, May 14, around 1 a.m. Latz worked at KSHN Radio for almost 24 years, missing his 24th anniversary by only two weeks.

Prior to coming to work at the Liberty-based radio station, Latz worked with Dorothy and Weldon Nettles.

Over the two weeks prior to his death, Latz began showing signs of illness with flu-like symptoms. On Thursday, May 9, Latz called in sick for the first time. That afternoon doctors had him admitted to Kingwood Hospital. By Thursday evening, he was in the Kingwood Hospital Intensive Care Unit.

By mid-day Friday, he had been diagnosed with Acute Leukemia, pneumonia and sepsis. Overnight Friday or early Saturday, May 10-11, his breathing had deteriorated with the resulting pneumonia that caused doctors to intubate him and put him in a medically-induced coma.

Family reported Sunday morning that his kidneys had failed and by 1 a.m. Tuesday, he had passed away.

“We at KSHN have lost a valued employee, coworker and friend,” said station owner Bill Buchanan in an emailed statement.

A public memorial will be held at a later date. Latz had one surviving sister.

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