Country radio DJ Bob Kingsley dead at 80

Legendary country music radio DJ Bob Kingsley has died, reports say. He was 80.

Taste of Country reported Kingsley died at his Weatherford, Texas, home eight days after announcing he had bladder cancer and would be stepping away from his "Bob Kingsley's Country Top 40" radio show.

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"While there is no doubt that the immediate road ahead will push me and challenge my resolve, I want you to know I am blessed to be working with the very best in the medical profession, and they have a plan to deal with this awful disease," Kingsley said Oct. 9. "The faith you have placed in me is something I treasure, and that support has allowed me to do what I love in this wonderful industry for 60 years. I have no intention of stopping anytime soon, but for a moment, I need to ask for your patience as I step away from the mic and focus on my treatment."

Before starting his syndicated "Country Top 40" show, Kingsley took over hosting duties for the weekly "American Country Countdown" in 1978, The Boot reported. Dujring his tenure there, the show was named Billboard's Network/Syndicated Country Program of the Year for 16 years in a row.

In 2006, he and his wife, Nan Kingsley, founded Bob Kingsley's Country Top 40.

Bob Kingsley is survived by Nan Kingsley. They were married for 30 years.

Services will be held Nov. 14 at 1 p.m. at The CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Billboard reported. Kingsley's family asks that donations be made in Kingsley's name to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum or the Grand Ole Opry Trust Fund in lieu of flowers.

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