Fez Whatley Wiki – Fez Whatley Biography
Fez Whatley was a radio host known for co-hosting the Ron and Fez Show in Florida and New York. He has died. Whatley’s shock death was confirmed by longtime hosting partner Ron Bennington in an emotional post on Instagram.
He was 57 years old.
Cause of Death
What was his cause of death? He died of heart failure, according to The Wrap.
His death was confirmed by Ron Bennington, who hosted the radio show with him and who revealed Whatley had passed away in an Instagram post on August 14, 2021. Whatley was born in 1964, according to Bennington’s post.
According to The Wrap, Whatley was born in Florida as Todd Hillier and started radio on The Ron and Ron Show. The site reported that his late program with Bennington, The Ron and Fez Show, aired on WKRO in Daytona Beach and WNEW in New York.
A Flordia native, Whatley got his start in radio with Bennington in Daytona beach before landing an overnight slot on New York’s coveted WNEW.
The pair eventually switched to evenings, then to mid-day broadcasts, before returning to the evening slot.
After WNEW flipped formats in 2003, Ron and Fez took their show to WJFK in Washington, DC, before joining SiriusXM in 2005.
The show was a stalwart on satellite radio until Fez retired in 2015.
Whately also famously came out on air in 2012. He played a flamboyantly gay character on his shows for over two decades while insisting he was straight.
“Coming to this realization was devastating. After all those years of denying it, it was true,” Whatley wrote. “Fez Whatley was no longer a character that I played on the air. It was me. And now it wasn’t funny anymore.
“I was now everything that I had joked about. I got depressed…I couldn’t make myself be Fez Whatley anymore. I was terrified about being really gay.”
Fans offered tributes in the comment thread on Bennington’s Instagram post:
“So sad to read about this. So sorry for your loss friends.😢”
“Thinking of you. I’m so sorry for your loss, your family’s loss, Fez’s family loss and for all those who loved him. ❤️”
Opie Radio wrote, “Fez was a Rockstar and will be horribly missed. I look back fondly to the days of WNEW when we all had the radio world by the balls. RIP FEZ. Ron, please make sure you take care of yourself during this difficult time. Love ya bro.”
“Oh my god, I’m so so sorry. The joy he brought to your lives brought joy to our lives. Love you all so much.”
“I feel like I grew up w Fezzy. I’ve listened to him for half my life. I’m crushed. Thinking about this family and The Benningtons. I know y’all loved him so much 💔”
“Oh, no! The joy that man brought to so many of us. I’m so sorry for your loss. Keeping all of you in my prayers.”
“No words. I’ve ‘known’ Fez for decades on the radio. RIP big cat. And much love to the Bennington family.”