AUSTIN, Texas — John Kelso, longtime humor columnist for the Austin American-Statesman, has died in Austin at the age of 73.

Kelso, who since 2015 had been battling a cancer that cost him his larynx, died Friday of complications from a recent fall, the American-Statesman reported .

Kelso had joined the newspaper in 1976 and began wiring his column several times a week in 1977. Even after his retirement in 2015, he continued to write his column for Sunday editions. The American-Statesman reported his last column appeared July 2, about his incompetence at home repair and how difficult it was to find a good handyman.

In his words, “I was starting to think it would be easier to find a bag of crack. If crack actually comes in bags. I wouldn’t know.”

Information from: Austin American-Statesman,

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