UPDATED: KTSU DJ Myron Anderson on Life Support Following Brain Aneurysm
UPDATE (February 8, 11:30 a.m.): Anderson passed away Thursday evening. See the full obituary here.
February 5, 11:15 p.m. "The account of Myron's unfortunate health episode was not quoted to you accurately," writes Myron Anderson's publicist Danye' Roland. "Here are the facts as we know them."
"Myron was having a normal quiet Sunday at home with his family. During the evening Myron complained to his wife that he didn't feel well. After a short time, Mrs. Anderson thought it best to have Myron evaluated by a health professional. Myron was taken to a local health facility where he was hospitalized for observation and testing -- he's [sic] remains hospitalized at present and is currently being treated with the goal of complete recovery."
Additionally, Chris Tucker, who gave us a shout this evening, tells us that he wasn't present at the time Anderson fell ill and what he had told us earlier was based on "hearsay."
UPDATE February 5, 4:30 p.m. Danye' Roland, publicist for Myron Anderson and The Listening Back Show, has provided the following statement from the Anderson family.
Long-time DJ and host of the Listening Back Show, Myron Anderson will not be facilitating his show on Friday due to health reasons. Please keep Myron, his wife and his family in prayer and please continue to respect their privacy during this time. We are grateful for those loyal and loving listeners who have shown such great concern and compassion as they have sought information about Myron. We will continue to update the community on Myron's condition. Thank you all for your support and cooperation.
The Anderson Family
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Myron Anderson, a veteran DJ of Texas Southern University's KTSU (90.9 FM), is on life support at an undisclosed hospital following a brain aneurysm suffered during a Super Bowl Sunday cookout.
Chris Tucker, a former KTSU DJ and a close friend of Anderson's, confirmed the news.
Says Tucker, "He was barbecuing on Sunday for the Super Bowl. He went out and rode his bike. When he got back, he told his wife that he wasn't feeling well and he started throwing up blood."
"He went to the hospital and the doctors said they couldn't do anything for him," continues Tucker. "He's on life support."
We left a message with KTSU General Manager George Thomas, but have yet to hear back.
Rocks Off profiled the longtime host of "Listening Back With Myron Anderson" as the DJ reflected on three decades at "The Choice." For years and years, Anderson has held down the R&B dusties-centric slot from 6 to 10 a.m. Friday mornings.
"He's been a friend since day one," says Tucker, who worked at the station for eight years in the 1990s. "He was well-researched and passionate. A lot of people said he talked too much on the radio...but when he spoke, he was putting out valuable information about the legacy of the music."
"He's such an icon," says Lonnie Fyles, who goes back with Anderson to Worthing High School, where the two played baseball together.
Fyles, who also confirmed the report, says that the two have remained friendly over the years, bumping into one another at parties and homecoming football games at Worthing.
"Once the word gets out, this is going to affect the people of Sunnyside," says Fyles about the area that is the oldest African-American community in southern Houston.