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Big Tex, a 52ft tall cowboy who watched over the Texas State Fair for 60 years, has been destroyed by a fire.

The flames quickly engulfed Big Tex’s structure, leaving behind little more than a charred metal frame.

He was famed for his 75-gallon hat and 50lb belt buckle, and was a popular meeting-spot for fairgoers.

Fair officials vowed to rebuild Big Tex, who was made mostly of fiberglass and clothed by a Texas fabric company.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings tweeted that the cowboy would become “bigger and better for the 21st Century”.

The Texas State Fair and Big Tex are intricately linked. The fair’s website is www.bigtex.com, and visitors to the site see their cursor turn into an image of Big Tex’s head, clad in a cowboy hat. The fair’s Twitter account also features the cowboy’s image.

“Big Tex is a symbol of everything the state fair stands for,” spokeswoman Sue Gooding said.

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