Fans of radio DJ Russ Martin are saddened by his death after it was announced on February 27th 2021. Who was Russ? We explore his career, cause of death and his family.
Russ Martin will always be remembered as one of radio’s greats. Anyone that knew him looks to have spoken of his love of radio and he even described it as his ‘superpower’. Some have described Russ as a “trailblazer” and a “mentor”.
Who was Russ Martin?
Russ Martin was a 60-year-old radio host who worked at KEGL 97.1 “The Eagle”.
The radio host was born in Dallas, Texas and worked the radio market there for over 30 years.
Russ was described as “polarizing” by his friend and coworker Dan O’Malley. He said that Russ’ ability to give his opinions on air is what made him so popular. And added: “When he was in his prime there was really no one better.”
Videos of Russ feature on the KEGL 97.1 “The Eagle” YouTube channel where his character and ability to make his co-workers laugh can be seen in action.
Russ Martin’s death
Russ was born on October 4th, 1960. He grew up and lived in Dallas, Texas.
A friend found the radio host unresponsive in his home, in Frisco, on February 27th, 2021. Police haven’t stated a cause of death but they have said that they “don’t suspect foul play“.
Speaking to NBC5, Russ’ co-worker Dan O’Malley said those closest to him weren’t surprised at the sad news: “Granted Russ had been dealing with a lot of health issues so it’s sad that it’s come to its inevitable end but at the same time we’re trying to find solace in knowing that he’s at peace and he’s no longer in pain.”
Russ’ personal issues
During his career, Russ was said to have struggled with personal issues that kept him off air at times.
In 2008 he was arrested for domestic assault. His radio show came off air at the time, however, he later spoke of the incident which led to his then-girlfriend reporting him to the police. Russ candidly spoke to News 8 on the events that took place.
Russ leaves behind the Ross Martin Show Listeners Foundation which “supports the families of Dallas / Fort Worth Police officers and Firefighters who have courageously fallen in the line of duty”.
The radio host contributed a lot to charity during his life. Many of Russ’ fans, friends and listeners took to Twitter to send their condolences. One person Tweeted: “So sad to hear of the sudden passing of #RussMartin. Despite his relentless teasing of me on air, he was always respectful to me off air. He once offered to loan me car when mine broke down and sent flowers when I was diagnosed with #breastcancer #RIP my friend.”