Famed DJ, radio personality Charlie Tuna dies

Posted at 2:22 PM, Feb 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-29 17:22:17-05

Flowers will be placed Monday on the Hollywood Walk of Fame star of famed Los Angeles radio personality Charlie Tuna, who died earlier this month at age 71.

Born in Nebraska as Art Ferguson, the famed deejay "passed away peacefully in his sleep February 19th, 2016," according to a statement posted on his website.

"His was a life well-lived, and he will always be remembered for the joy, laughter and love of music he brought to many throughout the world with his presence on the radio. All who knew him will sadly miss him."

The family asked that donations be made in his name to Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

Ferguson began using the moniker Charlie Tuna while working in Oklahoma City in 1966. After a stint in Boston, he moved to Los Angeles in late 1967, appearing on KHJ. He was one of the original DJs at KROQ in the early 1970s, then became a morning DJ and program manager at KKDJ, which later became KIIS- AM and eventually began a simulcast on FM.

He worked a series of other stations, including KRLA, KODJ and KLAC, then hosted the "Charlie Tuna in the Morning" program on KBIG until 2007. After that station changed format, he moved to K-Earth 101, where he stayed until 2015, when he focused on a syndication business.

He appeared for more than two decades on Armed Forces Radio, and served as an announcer on television shows including "Scrabble," "The Mike Douglas Show" and "America's Top 10" with Casey Kasem.

Charlie Tuna is also credited with raising millions of dollars for Children's Hospital Los Angeles, thanks to his annual "Tunathon" fundraiser.