Tom Keith, a longtime sound effects man for "A Prairie Home Companion" and cohost of Minnesota Public Radio's "The Morning Show," died of a heart attack on Sunday at his Woodbury home. He was 64.
Keith provided sound effects and voices for the nationally syndicated show, which is produced by Minnesota Public Radio and American Public Media, the Star Tribune reported.
The WinonaDailyNews.com reported that Garrison Keillor, the host of "A Prairie Home Companion," said in a statement Monday that Keith died suddenly of a heart attack after collapsing at his home Sunday.
"He was serious about silliness and worked hard to get a moo exactly right and the cluck too, and the woof" Keillor said. "His whinny was amazing- noble, vunerable, articulate."
According to the Star Tribune, Keith had performed with Keillor since 1967, when Keillor hosted an early version of MPR's "The Morning Show." When Keillor moved to "A Prairie Home Companion" full time, Keith co-hosted "The Morning Show," appearing in his alter ego as Jim Ed Poole.
Thomas Alan Keith was born on Dec. 21, 1946, in West St. Paul. He is survived by his wife, Liu, and two brothers, Dave of Syracuse, N.Y., and Jeffery of Wilton, Wis.