Tom Magliozzi, NPR's 'Car Talk' Co-Host, Dies At 77
Tom Magliozzi, the beloved longtime co-host of NPR’s Car Talk, died on Monday, Nov. 3. He was 77.
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Magliozzi passed away from complications from Alzheimer’s disease, according to NPR.
“I have the sad duty to report today that Tom Magliozzi, one of the hosts of Car Talk, passed away this morning due to complications of Alzheimer's Disease,” said Car Talk executive producer Doug Berman in a statement. “Tom's been such a dominant, positive personality amongst us for so long that all of us in the public radio family — and I include our millions of listeners — will find this news very difficult to receive.”
Magliozzi and his brother Ray Magliozzi launched their on-air personalities – Click and Clack and the Tappett Brothers – in 1977 for Boston’s WBUR. By the 80s, Magliozzi and his brother were picked up by NPR and started airing to a national audience. Their storied run hosting the show, in which they bantered about car trouble advice, ended in 2012 when the on-air duo announced their retirement.
Since their retirement, their show has continued to air in reruns.
"Please note that the Magliozzi family is asking that in lieu of flowers, friends and listeners make a donation to either the Alzheimer's Association or their favorite public radio stations in Tom's memory,” read the end of Berman’s announcement about his friend and colleague’s passing. “It's just one more gift to us from a guy who gave so much to our network and its listeners over the decades."