Dr. James 'Red' Duke, once-familiar TV doctor, dead at 86

By The Associated Press | Posted - Aug. 25, 2015 at 7:20 p.m.



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HOUSTON (AP) — Dr. James "Red" Duke, a trauma surgeon who attended to Texas Gov. John Connally on the day of the Kennedy assassination, has died in Houston. He was 86.

After the Kennedy assassination, Duke went on to become a prominent Houston trauma surgeon and familiar television doctor.

In a statement, Dr. Richard Andrassy, surgery department chairman at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, said Duke died Tuesday at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston of natural causes.

During the 1980s, Duke became familiar for his thick Texas drawl and bushy red moustache featured in his nationally syndicated medical segment.

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