Gravelly voice of New Orleans, Ronnie Virgets, dies at 77

Jim Hanzo
May 21, 2019 - 8:00 am

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A unique, one-of-a-kind voice in New Orleans has died.  Veteran journalist and voice of New Orleans, Ronnie Virgets has died at the age of 77.  

With his gravelly voice, Virgets could tell stories like no other about people and places in Big Easy.  

Virgets was a journalist, whose career began in the mid 1970's.  His stories were printed in the Times-Picayune and Gambit, airing on TV stations across the metro area.  

Virgets attended Sacred heart Elementary School on Canal Street and later went to St. Aloysius High School which is now Brother Martin High School.  Later he attended Loyola University, writing a sports column for the campus newspaper.  He also did some freelance work for The Picayune.  

A true character in New Orleans, Virgets is survived by his longtime partner, Lynne Jensen, a brother, Tommy Virgets, a son Michael Virgets, 2 daughters Stephanie Whittington and Tara Mackey and 7 grandchildren.  

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