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Radio Personality Coyote McCloud Passes Away

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Longtime Nashville radio personality Coyote McCloud died on Wednesday. He was 68.

McCloud's death was announced on his Facebook page. His family said he passed away at 1:40 p.m. Wednesday after a brief illness.

"Coyote told me he quit drinking on the 4th of July. And he said ‘damn the minute I stop drinking, my liver gets pissed off at me, and quits working.' So we've known he was in end stage liver cirrhosis for about 8 months, but he was cool with it," said his former wife Susan McCloud. "He knew what he'd done. Coyote didn't change, even when he quit drinking alcohol, he was still Coyote."

McCloud was best known as a controversial "shock jock" in Nashville back in the late 80s and early 90s, leading an on-air group known as the "Zoo Crew" on Y107 FM. McCloud also recorded a handful of records, most notably, the novelty hit "Where's The Beef?"

"You know death and words like that usually scare most people. It didn't scare Coyote. Coyote was the adventurer. He said ‘I think I can hear the music. And there was no one out here on the boat, and I said ‘There's no music, McCloud.' He said ‘I think hear it, I think it's rock-n-roll heaven,'" Susan McCloud added.

He was also the voice for CMT when it first launched in 1983.

McCloud was working on his autobiography before he died, and his family hopes to have it published soon.

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