Shocked staffers of the syndicated “Neal Boortz Show” are mourning the death of producer Royal Marshall, who died suddenly on Saturday (1/15) at age 43. The Fulton County Medical Examiner determined that he suffered a heart attack.
According to the Atlanta Journal and Constitution, Marshall said he felt ill and asked his wife for a glass of water. She returned to find that he had fallen and was unresponsive.
“There are no words available to express my personal sense of loss at the passing of Royal Marshall. It’s no stretch to say that I loved that man like he was my own brother. Royal had an unmatched sense of humor and a quick mind that made him a natural for radio, and his dedication to his colleagues and friends was only exceeded by his intense dedication to his family. Our program, WSB Radio and the entire Cox family has lost part of its very soul this day. I ask that you keep Royal, his wife Annette and his two precious and much-loved little girls, Amira and Ava, in your prayers,” said Boortz in a comment posted on his website.
Marshall had worked at WSB Radio since 1996. He had hosted his own show, “The Royal Treatment,” for nine years, 1996-2005, and had worked on Clark Howard’s show in the past, as well as his long association with Boortz.
Boortz and other colleagues are to be among those to speak at Marshall’s funeral, set for Saturday (1/22) at 11:00 am at Ray of Hope Christian Church in DeKalb County, where Marshall was a deacon. A public visitation will take place Friday at Murray Brothers Funeral Home in Atlanta.
Boortz said plans are in the offing to create a scholarship fund for Marshall’s two daughters.