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Charlie Tuna Dead: Legendary Los Angeles Radio DJ Dies At 71

Mon, February 29, 2016 9:10pm EDT by 2 Comments
Charlie Tuna Dead
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So sad! Charlie Tuna, a Los Angeles radio icon passed away on Feb. 19. The prolific DJ spent four decades on various radio stations in Southern California, and died at 71 years old in his sleep. We have all the details, here.

A staple of Los Angeles radio passed away on Feb. 19. Charlie Tuna died in his sleep at 71 years old, leaving thousands of lifelong fans in mourning. The DJ spent over forty year on LA’s major radio stations, so you can bet he will be sorely missed. Here’s what we know about the tragic loss.

Los Angeles lost a legend on Feb. 19. Charlie was famous for spending four decades on the biggest radio stations in SoCal with his distinctive voice and fun attitude. Unfortunately, he “passed away peacefully in his sleep February 19th, 2016,” said a statement on his website. “His was a life well-lived, and he will always be remembered for the joy, laughter and love of music he brought to many throughout the world with his presence on the radio. All who knew him will sadly miss him.”

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You couldn’t not know Charlie in Los Angeles. He was one of the “boss jocks” on KHJ in the 1960’s, and went on to become of the the first personalities at KROQ-FM when they were becoming the biggest rock station in the world. He was a program director and jock for KIIS-FM’s Top 40 show, and a DJ at K-Earth 101, an oldie station. Having broadcast 6,000 radio shows from 1971 through 1996, Charlie was most definitely a brilliant and prolific radio personality, and we’re going to miss him.

HollywoodLifers – send your best wishes to Charlie’s friends and family during this difficult time.