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America’s thoroughbred racing ambassador John Asher dies at 62

John Asher was elated to take his family to Disneyworld. Asher, his wife Dee, and their precious grandbabies were excited to explore the Magic Kingdom. They flew from Louisville on Sunday and planned to start their Disney adventure the next morning.

John told his wife that he felt bad and was transported to an area hospital. Asher suffered a heart attack and was pronounced dead shortly thereafter.

The funeral and visitation plans were just released.

Asher was a beloved spokesperson for Churchill Downs for over 20 years. He’d made countless friends as a news anchor and reporter for WHAS Radio. Asher also worked for WAVG (formerly WAVE) before moving over to WHAS.

His ready smile, endless knowledge of music, politics, pop culture, and horse racing made him a benevolent Google long before the internet became a thing.

Louisville has lost its greatest racing ambassador. The local Catholic education foundation has lost its strongest advocate. Twitter has lost its greatest DJ.

And I, along with every other media person, has lost a cherished friend.

Thank you for your kindness, assistance, and cheerful spirit, Home Slice. I cherish the memory of laughing with you no less than a million times. #Loved

dad. husband. observer. media personality. pathological flyer.