Dan Ingram, a popular disc jockey (DJ) whose wisecracks and double entendres rippled through the air at rock ’n’ roll stations in NYC from the early 1960s to the early 21st century, has died at the age of 83 on Sunday in his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
The New York Times reported that Dan had been suffering from numerous health problems from last few years due to a diagnosis of Parkinsonian syndrome in 2014.
But according to his son Christopher Ingram, his father's cause of death was unrelated to his disease, instead, he died of choking on a piece of steak.
He further told founder of MusicRadio77, Allan Sniffen, that his father “did not suffer.”
Radio stars including Dan Taylor and Don Imus gave tribute to the late DJ via Twitter.
Here're some of those tweets, check them out.
So devastated. Lost a friend & mentor. Radio icon Dan Ingram passed away. If ya heard him @77WABCradio or @WCBSFM you’d know. Too young? Ya missed the best of the best. To my radio brethren, we lost a stellar communicator & they'll never be another like him. He was 83. #Radio pic.twitter.com/KbOv6TjNrd
— Dan Taylor (@dantaylor) June 25, 2018
Dan Ingram ... as great a rock and roll disc jockey who ever “talked up” a record. Monster voice, wit and intelligence. An honor to induct him into a radio hall of fame. #ripdaningram
— Imus in the Morning (@WhereMyImusAt) June 25, 2018
Dan Ingram could say more in 10 seconds then most of us could say in a minute. Many of us who worked in top 40 radio wanted to be him. We were so lucky to be able to hear him for 4 decades in NYC. https://t.co/cFBFunSDk4
— Peter King (@PeterKingCBS) June 25, 2018
In 2014, Christopher wrote a novel about his father, called Hey Kemosabe.
Besides Christopher, Dan is survived by his four other sons; Daniel Ingram, David Ingram, Robert Ingram and Phillip Ingram; four daughters Patricia Ingram, Michelle Ingram, Christina Ingram and Jacqueline Ingram; two stepdaughters Laura and Linda, 26 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Of, course it's a really big family.
Rest in peace Dan!