Jockey who died in ‘catastrophic’ crash in Texas dies aged 83
A Texas rancher who died on a ranch in September has been dubbed the “catastrophe” of ranchers across the country after his body was found in the wreckage of a tractor-trailer.
Mr John Connor was an avid horseman who died of natural causes on his ranch near Big Horn, Texas.
He had owned the ranch since 1971 and died from “natural causes” aged 83, according to his grandson, Joe Connor.
The death is the third in a year for the man, who was known as Mr John Connor to his family and friends.
“I’m going to get him back,” Mr Connor’s grandson Joe Connor said of his grandfather.
Mr Connor’s granddaughter, Sarah Connor, said he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2005.
Sarah Connor said her father had a family history of heart problems and was a registered nurse who worked on the ranch with Mr Connor.
“He was a man who just had this great spirit, and I think that’s what he wanted to give to people in the world,” she said.
“I think that he really believed that the people in this world need to do the same thing.”
It was really hard for us to know what to do with him.
“A group of friends and family members gathered outside the ranch house and carried his coffin to the airport in the hours after the accident, according the Associated Press.
His family is trying to recover money for funeral expenses.
ABC News’ Justin Tuck and The Associated Press contributed to this report.