The opinion of the Court was delivered per curiam.
A jury convicted Appellant of delivery of a controlled substance and assessed
punishment at confinement for life. The Court of Appeals affirmed the conviction.
Freeman v. State, 998 S.W.2d 379 (Tex. App. --Texarkana 1999). We granted
Appellant's petition for discretionary review to address the Court of Appeals' disposition
of Appellant's Brady (1) and entrapment claims.
Appellant has died. His counsel has filed a motion to abate appeal and forwarded a certified copy of the death certificate. The death of an appellant during the pendency of his appeal deprives this Court and the Court of Appeals of jurisdiction. Ryan v. State, 891 S.W.2d 275 (Tex. Crim. App. 1994). Tex.R.App.Pro. 7.1(a)(2). Accordingly, the motion to abate appeal is granted and the petition for discretionary review is dismissed. The Texarkana Court of Appeals is directed to permanently abate the appeal of this case.
DELIVERED: February 9, 2000
1. Brady v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 83, 83 S.Ct. 1194, 10 L.Ed.2d 215 (1963).