April 15 (UPI) – Art Bell, a national night radio presenter best known for shows with paranormal themes, died on Friday the 13th. He was 72 years old.
The Coast to Coast AM that he founded, was distributed nationwide at about 500 stations in the United States and Canada from 1993 to 2002, according to the station's website. Bell once again hosted Coast to Coast AM shows on weekends and then launched its own Sirius XM radio show in 2012. In addition, its old shows can be heard on Saturday nights at stations that broadcast Premiere Networks broadcasts.
Bell organized his shows from his home in Pahrump, Nevada, about 40 miles west of Las Vegas. He would open his transmissions with the phrase: "Of the kingdom of Nye".
Nye County Sheriff Sharon Whehrly announced the death of Bell at his home in a video on Facebook Friday night.
His cause of death has not yet been and the autopsy is scheduled for this week, according to the Nye County Sheriff's Office.
In 2016, Bell described his tough five-day test at a hospital in Henderson, Nev., For pneumonia and symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
After serving as a doctor in Vietnam, he worked as a disc jockey for a station in English in Japan. Established a Guinness world record for the transmission of 116 consecutive hours.
Then, he worked at KDWN-AM in Las Vegas, where he organized a mainly political talk show.
He transferred it to conspiracy theories and paranormal subjects after considerable interest from the listeners. His shows dealt with UFOs, extraterrestrial abductions, crop circles, ghosts and Area 51 in Nevada.
Bell was known to receive calls from different lines: from the east of the Rocky Mountains, west of the Rockies and first-time listeners. He hosted an annual Ghost to Ghost AM Halloween event and took the predictions from viewers on New Year's Eve.
"As he begins his journey on the" other side, "he comforts us with the hope that he is now discovering all the answers to the mysteries he pursued for so many nights with all of us," Coast to Coast said in a statement. Saturday.
The current host, George Noory, who replaced Bell, announced his death during his show on Friday night. The show airs from 10 pm to 1 am Pacific time.
In Twitter Noory published: "Art was a legend: a radio icon that went against the grain and developed an incredible show called Coast To Coast AM.Its impact on my life is beyond They will miss him, but I know he is now on another trip. "
Bell was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Nevada Broadcasting Association in 2006 and the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2008.
Survivors include his wife, Airyn, a woman from the Philippines with who married in 2006, and their children Asia, Alex and Art Bell IV. There was a time when he lived in the Philippines, where he broadcast the weekend shows from there.
His third wife, Ramona, died of an asthma attack in 2006.