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Radio legend Charlie Tuna dead at 71

Legendary U.S. DJ and TV personality Charlie Tuna has died.
The 71-year-old star died in his sleep on 19 February (16), according to a post on his website.
Born Art Ferguson in 1944, he adopted the name Charlie Tuna as the host of a local radio show in Wichita, Oklahoma City.
He also worked in Boston, Massachusetts and landed a late-morning shift in Los Angeles as the star of the KHJ network.
In the 1970s he became part of the first group of DJs on KROQ-AM, where he served as an early mornings host, and also enjoyed success at top 40 outlet KKDJ, which would later become KIIS. He was the original morning presenter at the station, sticking around until 1977, when he briefly returned to KHJ.
Tuna was a hit on the Armed Forces Radio Network, and almost 6,000 of his shows were broadcast on the network.
He also appeared on TV shows America’s Top 10, The Mike Douglas Show, The $25,000 Pyramid, Scrabble and Scattergories. On top of that he hosted Inside Hollywood for three years.
He also had film credits to his name, appearing in 1977’s Rollercoaster and Racquet two years later.
A memorial wreath was placed on his Hollywood Walk of Fame star on Monday afternoon (29Feb16). He unveiled the star in 1990.
Tuna was also inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2008.

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