Art Laboe, Legendary Southern California Radio DJ, Dies at 97 – Press Telegram

Art Labow, a radio DJ whose career spanned 79 years, died Friday at his home in Palm Springs of pneumonia. He was 97.

Joanna Morones, who went to work for Laboe as his executive assistant in 1995 and eventually served as his producer, marketing and promotions person, said Laboe was doing well until recently when a respiratory illness landed him in the hospital with pneumonia .

After a week there, with a bleak prognosis, Laboe decided to spend his final days at home, Morones said.

“He came home and after a few days he stopped eating and a few days later he passed,” she said. “It wasn’t long, thank God. He did not suffer.”

Morrownes said she was with Laboe on Friday before he left to return to the station to finish production of his show for Sunday, Oct. 9.

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