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Report: Lee Marshall passes away

Legendary voice of "Tony the Tiger," but to wrestling fans, longtime important voice of Verne Gagne's AWA as well as key contributor to WCW for many years, has passed away.

Multiple sources, one of the earliest being this one from KFBK AM in Sacramento, are reporting that Lee Marshall passed away on Saturday.

Most non-wrestling fans will know Lee as the voice of "Tony the Tiger" for Frosted Flakes, a position he acquired in 2005 when he replaced Thurl Ravenscroft.

In addition to his work as a newsman for numerous radio stations, including KABC as well as stints in Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Ontario, Marshall was a major voice in the pro wrestling industry for many years. He was the ring announcer for the California portion of Wrestlemania 2, but is most known for his work as the play by play voice of Verne Gagne's American Wrestling Association (AWA). He would later join WCW where he worked on WCW Saturday Night and eventually as a co-host on TBS' WCW Thunder. He also was a fixture on the WCW Hotline. For the weekly WCW Monday Nitro broadcasts, Marshall filed "Road Reports" as he helped to plug future events and also take comical digs at Bobby Heenan.

As of the current time, no cause of death is listed. KFBK says fans are leaving condolences for Marshall on his Facebook page, which can be viewed here.

We at Cageside Seats join the wrestling community in mourning the loss of Lee Marshall, a man whose contributions will not be forgotten and a man whose voice was unlike any other. We offer condolences to his family and loved ones.

Stay tuned for any updates as the story develops.

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