Tom Keith, Prairie Home Companion sound man is remembered

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Former Minnesota Public Radio host and Prairie Home Companion sound effects master, died on November 1, when he suddenly collapsed in his Woodbury home. He was 64.

According to the Pioneer Press,Garrison Keillor said in an email statement that the cause of death was a heart attack.

Keith worked at MPR for 25 years. Keith attended the University of Minnesota where he was a standout baseball player and after college joined the Marines, Minnesota Public Radio reports.

He applied to MPR as a board operator, then a small operations and ended up working with Garrison Keillor who praised Keith's creativity in his sound effects, according to Minnesota Public Radio.

"He was a master at creating effects with physical items, in addition to his acting and vocal skills," colleague Tim Russell told the Pioneer Press. "It's a rare commodity. It's hard to replace something like that."

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