Death of Lu Vason

April 6, 1939 - May 17, 2015
Denver, Colorado | Age 76

Rodeo founder & Wild West showman dies
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By DONNA BRYSON, The Associated Press

DENVER (AP) — Denver impresario Lu Vason has died, leaving a legacy of creating opportunities for black cowboys and of celebrating a little-known aspect of Western history.

The 76-year-old Vason, who founded the Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo three decades ago, died Sunday in a Denver hospital of heart complications, family spokesman Wil Alston said.

Vason, who was also a music promoter, named his rodeo circuit for a famed black cowboy...

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