Former longtime T-P horseracing scribe Bob Fortus dies at 69

Bob Fortus, a longtime Times-Picayune writer who won national awards for his painstaking coverage of horse racing in New Orleans over three decades, died Tuesday of complications of injuries he suffered when a car struck him on March 29. Fortus, who died in Capitol House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Baton Rouge, was 69.

Fortus, who had walked with a cane after surgery two years ago to remove a benign tumor from his spine, was hit when he was crossing North Lopez Street at Grand Route St. John, police said.

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