Famed New York DJ Dan Ingram has sadly passed away. He was a pioneer of top 40 radio for AM radio.
People reported that he died on Sunday in his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He was 83.
Ingram has been struggling with health issues for many years. In 2014, he was diagnosed with the Parkinsonian syndrome.
His son, Christopher, said his death was unrelated to his disease. Tragically, Ingram died choking on a piece of steak, Christopher told The Times. However, he said his father “did not suffer.”
Ingram began his career working at smaller stations across the country "before he began his legendary tenure at WABC-AM in 1961," reported People. He remained at WABC-AM through 1982. He ushered in some of rock and roll’s biggest names including the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and the Beach Boys.
He also worked for WKTU-FM New York in 1984 before starting with WCBS-FM New York in 1991 working there until 2003.
“He combined humor, an irreverent style, and impeccable timing and established himself as the leading rock radio personality in North America,” the National Radio Hall of Fame said in a statement, Inside Radio reported. “Ingram was the master of the ‘talk-up,’ speaking over the introduction and finishing his thoughts at the exact moment the lyrics started.”
Ingram is survived by his wife, Maureen Donnelly, four sons (Daniel, David, Robert, Christopher, and Phillip), four daughters (Patricia, Michelle, Christina, and Jacqueline), two stepdaughters (Laura and Linda), 26 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren. Please pray for all of these family members, as well as his friends, who are mourning his loss.