Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

December 10, 2004

David Brudnoy, 64, a longtime radio talk show host who was heard across 38 states and much of Canada via the powerful signal of WBZ-AM in Boston, died last night at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Mr. Brudnoy, who had been on WBZ-AM since 1986, told listeners last year that he had merkel cell carcinoma, a rare but treatable skin cancer. He had lived with AIDS for more than a decade, beating an infection that nearly killed him in 1994.

In an interview from his hospital bed Wednesday, Mr. Brudnoy said the cancer had spread into his liver and kidneys and that he was ready to die.

He left his show in November last year, recovered and returned in March, interviewing Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura in his first night back.

Edward Jordan, general manager of WBZ, said he sat with Brudnoy on Wednesday in the hospital and that Brudnoy laughed and said he was "ready to go."

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