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Lee Marshall, voice of Tony the Tiger since 1995, is shown. Marshall died on Sunday, April 28. (Twitter photo/@KEYTNC3JohnP)

Tony the Tiger is dead.

I wish I didn't have to bring you that kind of news so abruptly, but I thought you should know.

Now, the character that represented Kellogg's Frosted Flakes cereal will certainly continue to sell the product. But, to me, I don't think he will ever sound the same again.

You see, my friend, Lee Marshall, passed away last Sunday and he was the voice of Tony the Tiger; he has been since 1995.

When Lee and I first met, his booming bass voice wasn't hawking breakfast food. He was my newsman on KRIZ, a Phoenix rock station, back in the '60s. From there, his extraordinary vocal skills took him to Los Angeles and much of Southern California.

His remembrances on the Internet have been overwhelmingly from the loyal audience he garnered as a professional wrestling announcer. We reminisced a few months ago at a radio reunion he put together.

Lee Marshall -- Tony the Tiger -- gone at 67. How would I describe him...simply grrreaaat!

I'm Pat McMahon.

About the Author

He's done it all -- and keeps doing it. His career in local Arizona radio and television dates back the late 60s. Pat always stimulates with his thought provoking, opinionated, and entertaining commentaries on the Arizona Morning News while hosting award-winning talkshows like "The McMahon Group" and "The God Show."

"The McMahon Group" features an unpredictable all-star panel where three people from the community get together and give their thoughts on the news of the week. He also hosts "The God Show" on Sunday's where he talks about all aspects of spirituality.

Pat is also well known outside of radio because of his multifaceted career as an actor, producer, recording artist, writer, broadcaster, and one-third of the legendary comedy team that was on TV for 35 years in Arizona, "The Wallace and Ladmo Show."

Through the many experiences of his professional life, Pat has been richly rewarded with 7 Emmys, major national and international radio awards as well as numerous civic, educational, religious and humanitarian awards. Pat was also a recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from Ottawa University, the Arizona Broadcasters Lifetime achievement Award, and has his bronze likeness hanging in the rotunda of the Herberger Theater in recognition of his contributions to Communications & The Arts.


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