Art Bell, who hosted paranormal-themed radio show, dies on Friday the 13th at age 72

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PAHRUMP, Nev. (AP) — Art Bell, a radio host best known for a paranormal-themed nightly show syndicated on hundreds of stations in the 1990s, has died at his home in southern Nevada. He was 72.

Nye County Sheriff Sharon Wehrly says Bell died on Friday the 13th. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death.

Bell hosted the popular radio talk show "Coast to Coast AM" before he left the airwaves in 2002.

He broadcast the show from his radio station in Pahrump.

Former business partner Alan Corbeth said during Bell's 2008 induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame that nobody was better than Bell at understanding "how to create theater of the mind."

Bell was heard on about 500 radio stations nationwide.