How did Bob Kennedy die? Ohio State stadium announcer cause of death Explored

Bob Kennedy
Bob Kennedy, a longtime Ohio State announcer died


The Ohio State Department of Athletics has confirmed that “The Voice of the Shoe” Bob Kennedy passed away in his home on Saturday night. Let’s see how did Bob die and his cause of death in detail.

How did Bob Kennedy die?

Bob Kennedy was set to announce the OSU baseball game against the University of Illinois on Sunday afternoon. 

When he failed to show up at the stadium, according to OSU officials, they contacted the neighborhood police to conduct a wellness check at his home. Soon after, Kennedy’s death at home was reported to OSU officials. He was 59. 

Columbus sports fans have heard Kennedy’s voice boom out of the shoe’s speakers for the past 23 years. 

“Bob had a big heart and he loved his Buckeyes,” said Jerry Emig, Associate Athletic Director for Communications.

“And, he loved his PA jobs. He was a true professional at his craft and a friend to us all. He knew the local media, our administrators, coaches, and student-athletes, and he certainly knew the histories well of many Ohio State sports, and he loved to talk about them.”, he added.

Who was Bob Kennedy?

Kennedy worked as a PA announcer for OSU, Otterbein, and Clippers games. He was a WDLR on-air radio personality for six years.

Kennedy’s passing was also verified on social media by Mark Litton, general manager of WDLR radio in Delaware on Sunday afternoon.

Kennedy served as a traffic reporter for WSYX for two years. He earned a BA in Speech Communications from Otterbein University in 1987.

Bob was famed for his velvety baritone, which flowed into the ears of the hundreds of thousands of scarlet and gray-clad supporters who crowded the Horseshoe.

He stated, “My voice carries. It always has” in an interview with The Dispatch in 2018.

Bob Kennedy cause of death:

Bob was ill for some time and he passed away on April 29, 2023. He recently shared his health status on social media that he had osteoarthritis and a cataract in the left eye. Soon after knowing his health condition, his followers sent him prayers and comfort words in the comment box.

He was a well-recognized, long-time Ohio State announcer. The university’s baseball, hockey, women’s hockey, men’s and women’s volleyball, soccer, swimming, and diving were also announced by him.

His sudden demise has shocked everyone who knew him. Tributes flooded social media after Bob’s death news broke out.

Tributes to Bob Kennedy:

T F S tweeted,

Bob Kennedy’s voice is one that I will never forget. He and so many other things make the shoe such a special place. May he rest in peace. #Buckeye

Jolleymichael69 tweeted,

RIP Bob Kennedy. Long time stadium voice of the Buckeyes. Prayers to his family.

Brandon Boxer tweeted,

From the Buckeyes to the Clippers, HS sports & more, Bob Kennedy’s voice echoing throughout Ohio Stadium & other venues was simply unmistakable. Legendary, Iconic, & a real treasure. My love and prayers to his family.

Kevin Wilson tweeted,

#RIP – Prayers for Bob Kennedy and his family One of the many great people at @OhioState

Tony Gerdeman posted,

Bob Kennedy’s voice was often imitated but never duplicated. He was part of football Saturday in Ohio Stadium and he will be missed.


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