Kellogg's Tony the Tiger voice actor Lee Marshall dead at 64

By Chris Hayes,

Lee Marshall, radio announcer and commercial voice actor of Kellogg's Frosted Flakes mascot Tony the Tiger, died at age 64 on April 26 at a hospital in Santa Monica due to esophageal cancer.


According to the Los Angeles Times, Marshall's son Jason Marshall VanBorssum recently announced the media personality's death.

Prior to beginning his role as the beloved cereal mascot character in 1999, Marshall worked as an announcer for World Championship Wrestling, a cartoon voice actor, a radio DJ, and a radio announcer for stations in Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Windsor, Canada. Most notably, he reported on gang violence under the persona King News for KDAY in Redondo Beach.

Marshall has received praise for his distinctive baritone and professionalism from others in his field. The L.A. Times quotes former L.A. Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda as stating that "if God ever wanted to make a speech, Lee Marshall would get the call."

Marshall is survived by his aforementioned son, his wife Judie, his granddaughter Kate, and his stepdaughter Eve Borders Ottis, ABC News reports.

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