Art Bell, Paranormal Radio Show Host, Dies on Friday the 13th at Age 72

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Popular conspiracy theorist died in his Nevada home

By Thom Geier

Art Bell, a self-proclaimed expert on the paranormal who hosted a popular syndicated radio show for decades, has died at the age of 72 — on Friday the 13th, appropriately enough.

Bell died in his home in Pahrump, Nevada, according to the Nye County sheriff’s office.

He started out as a disc jockey but drifted into political talk radio in the 1970s and saw a ratings boost when he veered into the realm of conspiracy theories and the paranormal. He espoused his belief in alien abductions, ghosts, crop circles report — and even that the Hale-Bopp comet that neared the Earth in 1986 was being followed by a UFO.

Soon, his late-night show “Coast to Coast” gained national syndication and allowed him to broadcast from his own Pahrump-based radio station, KNYE 95.1 FM. At the height of his fame, as many as 500 stations carried his show in the U.S. and Canada.

Art Bell became a licensed amateur radio operator at the age of 13

Bell also made cameo appearances (typically as himself) in movies like 2007’s “I Know Who Killed Me” and TV shows like “Dark Skies.”

In a 1999 interview with Larry King on CNN, Bell displayed the even-keeled tone and that made his out-there theorizing seem so reasonable and inviting.

“People are always demanding proof,” he told King at one point. “These are things that are not easily proved.”

This article (Art Bell, Paranormal Radio Show Host, Dies on Friday the 13th at Age 72) was originally published on The Wrap and syndicated by The Event Chronicle




  1. RIP Art. Thanks for your dedication, many woke due to your show.
    Sincerest condolences to the Bell family

  2. “Art Bell death” – by Jim Stone

    “The area 51 caller was real. Art was not in the business of faking things, and as it turns out, the reason why the caller vanished was because the satellite feed for the entire network was cut to get the area 51 caller off the air.

    There are many testimonies of people working for various affiliates that will confirm this. Art would let any guest have free reign during a show, and sit with discipline even when the guest seemed less than credible, and Art was also very good at letting guests have free reign when they were totally credible and really ripping up conspiracies.

    His show was great, he was the ultimate in radio. I used to listen to him a lot.”