Jon Richardson, son of Panthers owner Jerry Richardson and former President of Stadium operations, has passed away, team sources confirmed. He was 53.
According to Joe Person, Richardson died after suffering from a lengthy illness. According to Taylor Zarzour, Richardson lost a lengthy battle with cancer.
Here's a little bit of information on Richardson, taken from the Panthers official website:
Richardson was a three-year letterman and two-year starter at wide receiver for the University of North Carolina, where he led the team in receptions in 1981. His success with the Tar Heels earned him a training camp tryout with the Baltimore Colts in 1982. After receiving his degree in economics in 1982, Richardson spent three years in the food industry before returning to North Carolina to earn his MBA in 1987. He then began A-OK Home Services in Chapel Hill and sold the successful enterprise after five years. In 1994, he joined the Panthers.
The staff at Cat Scratch Reader would like to extend our condolences to the Richardson family during their time of sorrow. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, and the entire Panthers organization at this difficult time.
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