Russ Martin, Dallas-Fort Worth radio show host, found dead in his home

Frisco authorities are investigating the death of long-time North Texas radio show host Russ Martin after his body was found in his house early Saturday. Officers were dispatched about 12:30 a.m. Saturday to the 6300 block of Douglas Avenue, near Lebanon Road and the Dallas North Tollway, after a buddy of Martin’s who had actually concerned examine him discovered him unresponsive, cops said. Martin was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

The cause of death had actually not been figured out, but authorities said foul play was not presumed. Anybody with details about the incident is asked to call Frisco authorities at 972-292-6010. Martin was host of The Russ Martin Show on “The Eagle” KEGL-FM (97.1).

“It’s with heavy hearts that we announce the death of 97.1 The Eagle’s Russ Martin. He will be very much missed out on & we send our inmost condolences to his family & buddies throughout this tough time. We will always remember his generosity and assistance of fallen law enforcement officer and their households,” the station said in a written declaration.

The stations routine programming was disturbed Saturday afternoon to provide Martin’s coworkers a chance to go over the news in addition to Martin’s life and his career. Throughout their unscripted program Saturday, Martin’s colleagues thanked the Grapevine Police Department for their assistance in finding and notifying Martin’s mom. They also thanked Frisco cops for their support throughout the early morning.

“Our buddy is gone. We’re all still processing this. I desire you to know that despite whatever he was going through, he managed to get a pen and sign the check,” said Dan O’Malley. Martin’s colleagues stated the station would prepare a proper homage to Martin in the coming days.

They concluded an hour of programs by making a toast to Martin. Martin’s co-hosts said that although Martin had actually faced some individual battles, he had worked hard to do great in the community through his program’s foundation. A psychologist Clo Raborn, who became part of Martin’s show, said he had actually hardly slept because he had actually discovered Martin had actually died.

“I wish there was something we might say to make it better,” Raborn informed listeners. After a 2016 shooting that left five law enforcement officers dead, Martin’s The Russ Martin Show Listeners Foundation raised up to $40,000 that was donated to the households of the killed officers. In a tweet, the Fort Worth Police Officers Association offered prayers to Martins household and associates.

O’Malley said Martin had just recently contributed $40,000 to the widow of Mitchell Penton, a Dallas policeman who was killed in the line of duty previously this month. In September 2008, a Tarrant County grand jury released a misdemeanor assault complaint against Martin after his arrest two months previously on suspicion of striking his fiancé and brandishing a gun at their house in Southlake. Jeff Kovarsky, area radio host and Dallas Stars PA announcer, also regretted Martin’s death on Twitter.

“I got to understand Russ the past decade at iHM Dallas. His Listener Foundation did amazing work supporting households of fallen heroes. He constantly treated me with generosity and regard,” Kovarsky said in a tweet.

The grand jurors decreased to detain him on more severe complaints. Martin was robbed at gunpoint in 2015 when three armed guys using masks challenged him as he showed up at his Frisco house. The males duct-taped Martin to a chair and held him at gunpoint while they confiscated prized possessions, consisting of numerous firearms.

They fled in his 2010 Dodge Challenger, police said. Those included in the break-in were handed sentences varying from simply under 12 years to 62 years in prison. Martin was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

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