R.I.P. Royal Marshall

Long time producer of The Neal Boortz Show, Royal Marshall died this past Saturday at the age of 43.

From Nealz Nuze:

From Neal: There are no words available to express my personal sense of loss at the passing of Royal Marshall. It’s no stretch to say that I loved that man like he was my own brother. Royal had an unmatched sense of humor and a quick mind that made him a natural for radio, and his dedication to his colleagues and friends was only exceeded by his intense dedication to his family. Our program, WSB Radio and the entire Cox family has lost part of its very soul this day. I ask that you keep Royal, his wife Annette and his two precious and much-loved little girls, Amira and Ava, in your prayers.

Update: Funeral arrangements have been set for Royal. The funeral will be 11 a.m. Saturday at Royal’s church, Ray of Hope Christian Church in Decatur. Visitation will be Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Murray Brothers Funeral Home in Atlanta. Both the funeral and the viewing are open to the public.

Also, for those that have been asking, there is a plan to set up a scholarship trust for his girls as soon as banks reopen. We will keep you posted.


Marshall was a military kid who, while born in St. Louis, Missouri, lived all over the world. He graduated from the University of Georgia in 1992 with a degree in speech communications.

Since this posting, WSB has reported that the cause of death was a heart attack. It’s my understanding that he died almost instantly.

This is certainly sad news for Boortz listeners like myself. Marshall often disagreed with Neal and the on-air banter back and forth was almost always fun to listen to.

In addition to being a producer to Boortz show, Marshall was also a standup comic. Unfortunately I never had the pleasure of hearing his stand up routine but he certainly added some humor to the talk show.

In honor of Royal Marshall, here is one of his classic bits from The Neal Boortz Show entitled “Boo Got Shot”

  • Linda

    Oh man, when I listened to Neal (I got Sirius, and terrestrial radio went by the wayside), I always enjoyed Royal. There were times when Royal filled in for Neal, and he was always reasoned and humorous.

    I am truly bummed to hear of his passing.

  • Paula Cox

    Royal will be so missed. He was the balance for Neil on certain issues. May God bless his family and friends. Paula

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  • Shirley Forslund

    I am deeply saddened by Royal’s passing. While I never met him, I feel as though a friend has been lost. I pray for all of you who worked with Royal and especially for his family, may God give all of you comfort at this difficult time.

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  • Liz

    I am so sorry to hear that Royal is not with you any longer. I enjoyed the banter between Neil and Royal and will really miss that. I feel that I have lost a friend and can’t image the depths of the grief of those who had him in their lives.
    My heart and prayers to Royals family, both at home and at work.

  • melissa

    I am deeply saddened to hear about tthe death of Royal. He was such a funny guy who kept Neal in touch with reality. God bless your family.

  • Toni

    God Bless his family and close friends. I am truly sadden to hear of the loss for his family and WSB family. Royal always had cool music to listen too while the show went to commercial and kept Neal on track!

  • sam

    When I turned on my radio at 9:00 am as I do every day to listen to your show, I was so very saddened to hear about Royal. Tears came and then a smile, as I thought of him and his gentle voice. Always fun to listen to him and Neal, and then add Belinda, what a joy. He will be missed. May the Neal Boortz family and Royals’ wife and children find peace and joy in the many memories.

  • Jesse Johnson

    I have listened to the Neal Boortz show so long that I feel Neal and the crew should know me. I am very saddened by the loss of Royal. My prayers go out for his family

  • Missy

    I am at a lost of words. I listen to Neil, Belinda and Royal everyday. He will be truly missed and may God bless his family and may God give Neil and Belinda the strenth they will need.

  • Angela

    RIP Royal. You will be greatly missed.

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  • Phil Anninos

    I am so saddened to hear of Royal’s passing. I so enjoyed listening to him an Neil go back and forth. He was susch a witty man. God rest his Soul and may he rest in the arms of the Lord.

  • Betty

    So sorry about Royal’s death, loved his humor,and talks with Neil- I pray for his family and all who worked wih him.