Bill Bragg in 2013.

Bill Bragg, who voiced Big Tex at the State Fair of Texas for 11 years, has died.

He was 72.

The Advocate interviewed him in 2013, and you can listen to our chat with him here.

Bragg was a voiceover and actor who retired from Hewlett-Packard after it merged with Electronic Data Systems in 2009. He served as the voice of Big Tex from 2002-2013, when he was fired over a contract dispute.

“I was planning on doing this for the rest of my life,” Bragg said at the time. “I just don’t know what to say. I’m just shocked, dismayed and brokenhearted.”

Bragg sports Texas’ biggest belt buckle during his Advocate interview in 2013.

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