04/01/2003 1:00AM

John Harrell, reporter, dead at 37

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - John Harrell, a Thoroughbred industry reporter for the Louisville Courier-Journal and a former writer for Thoroughbred Times, died Tuesday evening in a Louisville hospital after suffering a cerebral hemorrhage and stroke less than 48 hours before. He was 37.

Harrell is survived by his wife, Laura; his 4-year-old daughter, Hannah; and his mother and sister. The family has asked that memorial contributions be made to the John R. Harrell Memorial Fund, which will be used for his daughter. A memorial service was tentatively planned for Friday. Highlands Funeral Home in Louisville is handling the arrangements.