The world of professional wrestling has lost a handful of legends over the last couple of years. The most recent would be WWE Hall of Fame inductee Ultimate Warrior, until now.
According to NoDQ.com, WCW announcer and voice of Kellog’s ‘Tony The Tiger’ Lee Marshall has passed away. Marshall began his career with the AWA when ESPN began broadcasting shows. He would call matches alongside professional wrestling greats Verne Gagne, Greg Gagne, Ray Stevens and even Eric Bischoff.
He later moved to WCW where he became the co-host of WCW Thunder with both Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan and Tony Schiavone. He appeared on a couple other programs for the WCW including WCW Saturday Night and WCW Monday Nitro were he and Bobby Heenan would go back and forth.
Marshall took over the voice of Tony The Tiger after Thurl Ravenscroft passed away back in 2005 at the age of 91 from prostate cancer.
WWE posted the following message on their website:
“WWE is saddened by the news that Lee Marshall has passed away.
A gifted broadcaster with an unmistakable voice, Marshall provided commentary for both the AWA and WCW and was a Monday Nitro fixture with his weekly “Road Report.” He appeared with WWE for one night only, handling ring announcing duties for the Los Angeles portion of WrestleMania 2. In addition to his contributions to the world of sports-entertainment, Marshall was also the voice of iconic cereal mascot Tony the Tiger on Frosted Flakes commercials.
Our deepest condolences go out to Marshall’s family, friends and fans.” – WWE on Lee Marshall’s death via NoDQ.com.
Rest in peace Mr. Marshall.