Longtime conservative radio talk show host Michael “Doc” Thompson reportedly was killed by a train while jogging.
Thompson’s wife is former WHIO-TV reporter and anchor Yuna Lee. Thompson, 49, was killed by a Amtrak train while jogging in Haltom City, Texas, on Tuesday, according to news reports and his employer, Mojo 5.0.
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“MoJo 5.0 mourns the loss of a great friend and mentor, Michael "Doc" Thompson. Rest in peace, brother,” the radio station said in a Tweet.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to support his family.
Thompson and Lee married in 2012, and the couple shared two small children. He had a child from a prior relationship.
Lee worked at WHIO from 2011 until 2014. She is currently the sunrise anchor and reporter at 40/29 News in Fayetteville, Ark.
MoJo 5.0 Radio shared details about the GoFundme.com campaign for Lee and her children on Facebook and Twitter.
The fundraiser’s description reads:
“It comes with a heavy heart, that we announce the passing of our good friend Michael "Doc" Thompson. Doc loved his job as a radio talk show host, and he was a great husband and father. This page is to raise funds for expenses and the needs of the family. Doc leaves behind his wife, Yuna, and his three children Tiger, Cubby, and Wythe. The Mojo5.0 family mourns this loss and appreciates your generosity. We ask that you please respect the families privacy at sensitive time.”
Raised in Ashtabula, Thompson was a longtime conservative radio show personality. He formerly worked at WRVA in Richmond, Va., and WLW in Cincinnati.
At the time of his death, Thompson hosted "Doc Thompson's Daily MoJo 5.0.” He launched that talk show after leaving The Blaze Radio Network.
"He just always had a positive attitude and a can-do spirit," Blaze Media host Glenn Beck said in an article posted on the company’s website. "And we are devastated as a family and devastated for his family."
The Dallas Morning News says witnesses and the train’s crew saw Thompson jogging along the track before the passing train hit him at about 3:45 p.m. Tuesday.
Police told the newspaper it was not clear if Thompson had been wearing a pair of earbuds found at the scene.