Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Art Bell, 72, radio show host

Art Bell, 72, radio show host

Bell hosted "Coast to Coast AM", heard on WGNS and hundreds of stations across the country.

Several publications report Art Bell died at his Las Vegas home on Friday, April 13th.

The Nye County Sheriff's office confirmed the longtime Pahrump resident's death in a community announcement. He was 72. An autopsy will be conducted to determine cause of death, she said. He later founded and put KNYE 95.1 FM on the air in Pahrump.

Bell was known for the paranormal-themed nationally syndicated radio show "Coast to Coast AM", which he was affiliated with since 2003. According to his biography, he was recognized in the Guinness Book of Records for a 116 hour (and 15 minutes) solo broadcast marathon when he deejayed for an AM radio station in Okinawa, Japan.

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Fans, including celebrities like William Shatner and singer Josh Groban, took to Twitter to praise Mr. Bell.

Bell had retired in recent years, although he had a brief gig on SiriusXM satellite radio in 2013.

Throughout Bell's Nationwide Radio Corridor of Fame induction in 2008, his former enterprise accomplice, Alan Corbeth, mentioned nobody was higher than Bell at understanding "how you can create theater of the thoughts".

Mr. Bell, who grew up in a military family, became an FCC-licensed radio technician by the age of 13, according to the "Coast to Coast AM" website.

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