NPR's 'Car Talk' Co-Host Tom Magliozzi Dies at 77

Tom Magliozzi of NPR's Car Talk
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Tom Magliozzi was best known as half of Click and Clack the Tappett Brothers.

NPR's Car Talk co-host Tom Magliozzi died Monday (Nov. 3) of complications from Alzheimer's disease, the network reported. He was 77.

"Tom's been such a dominant, positive personality amongst us for so long that all of us in the public radio family -- and I include our millions of listeners -- will find this news very difficult to receive," said Car Talk executive producer Doug Berman in a statement reported by NPR.

Magliozzi was best known as half of the radio show duo Click and Clack the Tappett Brothers, the personas he and his younger brother, Ray, created in 1977 for Boston's NPR affiliate, WBUR, according to the news report.

The notoriously self-deprecating duo retired from radio in 2012, after 35 years on air, but NPR continues to rerun their popular shows.

Ray Magliozzi posted a statement on NPR's Car Talk blog announcing his brother's death and assuring readers that the older Magliozzi had lived a good life. "We can be happy that he lived the life he wanted to live; goofing off a lot, talking to you guys every week, and primarily, laughing his ass off," Ray Magliozzi wrote. "In lieu of flowers, or rotten fish, I know my brother would prefer that folks make a donation to their favorite public radio station in his memory."

This article was originally published by The Hollywood Reporter.


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