That’s the official word from the Arapahoe County Coroner’s office re the passing of former KCMO 710 AM and 980 KMBZ talk show host Russ Johnson. Johnson, age 40, was indeed found yesterday in his car in the garage of his house in Aurora, Colorado. The office confirms that evidence points to Johnson having taken his own life via carbon monoxide poisoning from fumes generated by his car exhaust. However there was also evidence that some form of medication was involved, therefore the coroner will not issue a final determination of the cause of Johnson’s death until the toxicology report is received back. That process may take from 8 to 10 weeks.
Johnson had been incommunicado for several weeks starting around the first of September, friends say. I tried to contact him last month re a story I was working on at the time about radio personality Soren Petro but Johnson’s cellphone had been deactivated.
When I spoke with him last winter and he was about as chipper as I was after my mom, dog, job and marriage all had died in short order.
One of the last things I had read of Johnson online was a post from a “TV talk” blog in the Colorado Springs area where he’d had some sort of radio gig. It follows:
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