Art Bell Dies At 72

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The originator, and former host of Coast to Coast AM, Art Bell died on Friday (April 13, 2018) at age 72.

In later years, BELL retired and returned several times under varying circumstances, first due to a threat to his family in 1998, then in 2000, related to the kidnapping of his son, and in 2007 to spend more time with his family.

The official cause of death for Art Bell hasn't been released.

"Coast to Coast AM" airs on more than 600 stations nationwide and is broadcast Monday through Sunday from 1-5 a.m. ET, according to Premiere Networks, a subsidiary of iHeartMedia, the leading audio company in the United States.

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The current host of the show, George Noory, said in a statement: "Art was a legend - a radio icon who went against the grain and developed an awesome show". He also had a show on SiriusXM in 2013. Bell returned to radio in 2015 with a new show called Midnight in the Desert, available online and on a few stations.

Bell said he and his family were subject to repeated intrusions at his home in Pahrump, Nevada, including gunshots. He left the show in 2002. He was also the original owner of the Pahrump-based radio station KNYE 95.1 FM.

He is survived by his fourth wife, Airyn Ruiz Bell, and four children.