LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Beloved University of Kentucky journalism professor Mike Farrell has died, according to the Kentucky Kernel.
The Kernel reports Farrell died Wednesday afternoon with family by his side.
He was 67-years-old.
Farrell was a member of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of fame. He was serving as interim Director of UK’s School of Journalism and Media.
Before becoming a teacher, he worked at the Kentucky Post for 20 years.
According to the Kernel, Farrell’s family says he was suffering from liver failure, but couldn’t be added to the transplant list due to poor health.
UK spokesman Jay Blanton described Farrell to the Kernel as, “the best example of what a journalist can be.”
“The man was incredible in his graciousness and kindness and compassion, but also in his deep knowledge and love for journalism and for students,” Blanton said. “He believed deeply in journalism and the fact that it was a calling. And he believed deeply in students and in trying to get students to take up that torch.”
The Kernel also shared a message from Farrell’s son, Dave:
“To each one of you who had a part in making his time at UK so special, my family and I do not have the words to express our gratitude,” the email read. “He loved his ‘job’ there so much – it was a passion that inspired him as he strove to inspire others. He took great pride in trying to get the most out of those around him and if you knew him, you knew he had an uncanny ability to believe in someone, even when the may not have believed in themselves, and to push them to achieve greatly, all the while knowing he was right there with them to listen, lend a hand or say an encouraging or inspiring word.”
Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.