Free-Form Radio Pioneer Bob Fass’ Cause of Death at 87

4 min readApr 26, 2021

The pioneering free-form radio host Bob Fass’ cause of death has been revealed by his family.

Bob Fass, who hosted the program “Radio Unnameable” in New York for more than 50 years, passed away on Saturday in North Carolina at age 87. May he rest in peace.

Fass’s wife, Lynnie Tofte, confirmed the heartbreaking news. His wife also revealed the cause of death.

Bob Fass, whose full name was Robert Morton Fass, was born June 29, 1933, in Brooklyn, New York. He was an American radio personality and pioneer of free-form radio who hosted an overnight show called Radio Unnameable on WBAI in New York for over 50 years.

What is Bob Fass’s Cause of Death?

While many fans are searching for Bob Fass’s cause of death, His wife, Lynnie Tofte, said counterculture icon died of congestive heart failure.

There are different rumors about Fass’s cause of death. Some sources said that he died Saturday of Covid-19 complications, while his family said Fass died of congestive heart failure.

Lynnie Tofte also revealed that his husband had been hospitalized with COVID-19 earlier in the month.

US day news is trying to collect more details and provide the latest updates surrounding Fass’s death cause, so stay up with us.

Following the sad news, Bob Fass’s fans took to social media to show their sadness by sharing their touching tributes. Words cannot express our deep sorrow from the heartbreaking loss of Fass. US day News mourns the loss of the legendary free-form radio host, and we ask you all to keep Fass, his family, and all of his loved ones in your thoughts through this agonizing time.

“Hard to explain just how much Bob Fass and his Radio Unnameable meant to me as a teenager. It was like listening in on another, better, more humane, and utterly fascinating world. RIP to a true legend. He had a voice like none other,” one fan wrote on Twitter.

“Ah no. Rest in peace, Bob Fass. I first heard Radio Unnameable on WBAI during a heat wave in the summer of 2006, when it was too hot to sleep. I felt a part of his cabal of night people,” another fan tweeted.

“Bob was one of my first supporters and champions when I took my Bob Dylan material to New York City. He always had me on his show. He was onto everything and had known everyone — a fascinating man and chum. Bob Fass, Pioneer of Underground Radio, Dies at 87,” Barb Jungr, English singer, songwriter, and theatre writer, wrote on Twitter.

Bob Fass’ Biography

Robert Fass was born on June 29, 1933, and graduated from Syracuse University in 1955. He succeeded in receiving a scholarship to study acting with Sydney Pollack and Sandy Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse.

In 1955, when Fass entered the army in 1956, he started a theater at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He also was also a member of Stella Adler’s workshop.

In 1960, Fass took over the role of the warden in the off-Broadway production of Threepenny Opera with Austrian singer Lotte Lenya. Over the next two years, Fass succeeded to plat several roles in the show. He also acted as assistant stage manager.

In 1963, He started working at WBAI, which was operated by the Pacifica Foundation.

His high school friend, Richard Elman, helped Fass get a job as an announcer. Richard Elman was an American novelist, poet, journalist, and teacher who was producing programs for the station’s Drama & Literature Department.

In 2005, attorney Neil Fabricant established a rent party for Fass. “The right-wing has spent billions of dollars to revise the history of an era and to distort the collective memory,” Fabricant, who was President Emeritus of the School of Social Policy at GWU, said at the time.

Radio Unnameable was a counterculture radio show which ran five hours and aired five nights a week. In 2019 Fass left New York and continued his career from his home in North Carolina.

Fass continued to begin each performance with his memorable signature greeting, “Good morning, cabal!”

In 1967, he directed his late-night listeners to go to New York’s Kennedy Airport for a “fly-in,” an airport birthday party that drew 3,000 people.

“I didn’t quite grasp the fact that a community was forming at the fly-in. It was then that the light bulb appeared over my head,” He told filmmakers Jessica Wolfson and Paul Lovelace for their 2012 documentary Radio Unnameable.

Fass’s death news was revealed via the WBAI Twitter account: “Bob Fass, Legendary Icon, the Father of Free Form Radio who had a program and home @WBAI since 1963, passed away peacefully April 24, 2021. He was 87 years old. We love you, Bob. Rest in Peace.”

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