UPDATED: Longtime WOWO radio host Charly Butcher dies at age 61

Charly Butcher

Longtime Fort Wayne radio personality Charly Butcher died Wednesday afternoon at age 61. According to WOWO, where he hosted the morning show, his death was “likely due to a cardiac event.”

WOWO called Butcher a “loving husband of elementary school teacher Sarah Butcher and the father of three wonderful kids. There are no words to express what this loss means to his family, friends, his co-workers and the WOWO listeners.”

U.S. Rep. Jim Banks, R-3rd, said in a statement Butcher “was a broadcasting icon and a beloved northeast Indiana legend. I am heartbroken about his passing, and I will forever cherish the moments I spent with Charly, both on and off the air. Our region mourns his loss, but his irreplaceable voice and legacy will live on for generations to come.”

U.S. Rep. Tod Rokita, R-4th, also issued a statement, saying “It has been an honor and a privilege to accompany Charly on his ‘Morning News’ segment over the years. Charly is a beacon of truth and courage to all that have known him and has always put the interests of his listeners and community first. Your legacy lives on, my friend.”

The Allen Coounty Commissioners also issued a statement saying the “loss of Charly is huge not only to the radio industry, but to all of Allen County and northeast Indiana. Charly endeared himself to residents for years by telling our community’s story straight every morning, topped off with pointed interviews with local newsmakers, which was particularly valued by his loyal listeners. We know we speak for all Allen County residents in sharing our condolences with his family, with his work family, with all of his listeners and just thanking him for a job well done.”

Service arrangements were not immediately available.