Hall of Fame radio show host Art Bell, whose program “Coast to Coast AM” has died at 72, Nye Nevada County Sheriff Sharon Wehrly announced Saturday.
Bell died Friday in Pahrump, Nevada, Wehrly reported. An autopsy will be conducted to determine his cause of death, she said.
Bell’s show which aired coast to coast on some 500 stations at its height — including Los Angeles — focused on conspiracy theories, the paranormal, unexplained phenomena, including UFOs and crop circles. He served as his own producer, engineer and host as he broadcast his show from his radio station KNYE in Pahrump, according to the Las Vegas Journal Review.
Bell retired from the show in 2010 and its hosting duties were then split between radio hosts George Noory and George Knapp. Bell briefly resurfaced in 2013 to do a short-lived show on Sirius XM satellite radio.
Bell was inducted into the nNational Radio Hall of Fame in 2008 and the Nevada Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame in 2006.
Bell was mourned on Twitter by celebrities such as William Shatner and Josh Groban, who said he used to stay up late to listen to the show that was “weird and spooky but somehow managed to hold off your skepticism.”
Bell grew up in a military family and became an FCC-licensed radio technician at 13. He later joined the U.S. Air Force and started his own pirate radio station.
Bell is survived by his wife Airyn Ruiz Bell and his children, Asia Rayne Bell, Vincent Pontius Bell, Arthur William Bell and Lisa Minei Bell.
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