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Voice of Tony the Tiger

Dead at 64

5/8/2014 1:39 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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There is nothing grrrrrrrreat about this news ... the guy who voiced Tony the Tiger has passed away. 

Lee Marshall died of esophageal cancer on April 26 at the age of 64 at a hospital in Santa Monica, his son told the LA Times

Marshall first got the Kellog's gig in 1999, filling in for the original Tony, Thurl Ravenscroft. He took over the gig full time in 2005 when Ravenscroft passed away at the age of 91.

Marshall got his first job in radio at the age of 14. He was said to have had such an unusually deep voice as a child, that he lied about his age in order to get work.

He also had several news radio gigs and worked as an announcer for professional wrestling.

Marshall is survived by his wife, son, stepdaughter and granddaughter.

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*Who Carez Bitch*    

Awwwww how saaaaaaaad...RIP u will be missed :'(

130 days ago
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tgrfan42069    

this is over a week old

130 days ago
18.

featherkile    

I thought he was dead cuz i was born in the 70s

130 days ago
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dontworryaboutit    

That's Grrrrreat!

130 days ago
20.

Rectum? Damn Nearly Killed Him!    

Will Toucan Sam be a paul bearer?

130 days ago
21.

KnuckleDragger    

M'm...nuthin' beats a high-carbohydrate sugared-bowl of Frosted Flakes. Now...where's my Novolog insulin chaser?!

130 days ago
22.

yoya    

Ridiculous

130 days ago
23.

yoya    

Interesting

130 days ago
24.

PureRadiance    

Oh thats so sad. Prayers to his family & to him. Love the cereal & the commercials when they were popular.

130 days ago
25.

Clytemnestra    

Died 12 days ago!?! If he had been a black rapper, TMZ would have noted his death before his family knew.

130 days ago
26.

raeisha27    

Love the cereal rip

130 days ago
27.

Carl    

This isn't breaking news TMZ. NPR did a story about this yesterday.

130 days ago
28.

KayinSD    

So you have the logo of Kellogg's up, but in the story you only type one "g"? Always typos and this wasn't even breaking news as it happened 12 days ago according to other commentors.

130 days ago
29.

cj    

Just bought a box of frosted flakes this morning. They're grrrrrrrrrrrreat. RIP

130 days ago
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betseymcqueen    

Good god tmz. Sell already. I read about this days ago.

130 days ago
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