The voice behind 'Tony the Tiger' dies
Lee Marshall, who began voicing the cartoon mascot in 1999, battled against esophageal cancer.
By William White
Lee Marshall, the voice of Kellogg's (K) Tony the Tiger, has died.
Marshall started voicing Tony the Tiger in 1999. He completely replaced Thurl Ravenscroft, who had voiced the cereal mascot since 1952, in 2005.
He died from esophageal cancer on April 26 while at the Santa Monica Hospital in California, reports The Huffington Post. Marshall was 64.
Marshall also was a voice actor for several cartoons, and also worked as a DJ, news anchor and sports broadcaster. The Los Angeles Times pointed out a great quip from Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda: "If God ever wanted to make a speech, Lee Marshall would get the call."
Marshall is survived by his wife, son, stepdaughter and granddaughter, reports The Huffington Post.
Kellogg has yet to announce who will replace him as Tony the Tiger, but did say that it will be someone that can emulate his deep voice, The Huffington Post notes.
Hear Marshall as Tony the Tiger in this clip.
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Interesting that no mention is made of his past as a pro wrestling announcer.
Don't even know who this guy is...Who cares.
And my neighbors and friends have or have had Cancer...I know them.
He just a voice, of Unknowns...
He's not the Tony I met years ago as a kid...I want to hear Thurl on the clip...Not Marshall.
Oh yeah it was Frrrrrrosted Flakes....From Kelloggs in Battle Creek, MI.
Think it's called "Cereal Capital of the World" or something like that.?
Also has the "World's Longest Breakfast Table Record" or did?
So sad to hear of Lee Marshall's passing. Truly love his voice! No one else can replace his voice. Rip, Mr. Marshall. You were ''great!'' Thanks for giving Tony the Tiger the wonderful voice!! You will be missed but not forgotten. Much condolences and thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.
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