ATLANTA - Channel 2 Action News has learned that legendary Atlanta radio host Warren “Rhubarb” Jones died of a heart attack Sunday afternoon. He was 65.
Funeral home owner Tammy Miller of the Miller Funeral Home in Tallapoosa confirmed the news to Rodney Ho, of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, on Sunday afternoon.
“I last saw him about six months ago. He invited me to a Chamber event up in Kennesaw and I spent an hour just talking about my job and the media business. I’ve also been a guest instructor a couple of times when he taught journalism,” Ho said in his Radio and TV Talk blog Sunday.
Jones was a morning host at what was then Y106 and then Eagle 106.7 from 1985 to 2008. He then worked at Kennesaw State University as a development officer and media instructor.
Jones ran a celebrity golf tournament for more than 18 years for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, raising more than $3.5 million.
KSU sent a statement saying:
"The entire Kennesaw State University community is mourning the loss of colleague and Georgia radio pioneer Rhubarb Jones, who died today at the age of 65.
Jones, who joined Kennesaw State in 2008, served as senior director of development and as a faculty member in the School of Communications. He was one of the most popular professors among the communications students and a passionate supporter of KSU.
“This is a very sad day for all of us,” said KSU President Sam Olens. “Rhubarb always had a smile on his face, a generous spirit and was dedicated to helping others. He was a truly authentic individual, his death is a great loss and we will all deeply miss him. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to his family.”
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