February 27, 2014

Comedian Tim Wilson dead at 52

Columbus-born comedian Tim Wilson died Wednesday at the age of 52 of a heart attack, according to several reports.

Wilson attended Presbyterian College as an English major.

Born Timothy Collins Wilson, in Columbus in 1961, Wilson was a stand-up comic and a country music artist, with his act combining both.

The Brookstone graduate made a name for himself with humorous country songs such as "Garth Brooks Ruined My Life" and "First Baptist Bar & Grill." He also co-wrote Jeff Foxworthy’s hit "The Redneck 12 Days of Christmas."

In addition to releasing more than a dozen albums, Wilson was a frequent guest on radio shows such as John Boy and Billy, Bob and Tom and Big D and Bubba. He also appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

He also cowrote the book "Happy New Year -- Ted" with Roger C. Keiss on his theory that Ted Bundy was responsible for a couple of the "Stocking Stranger" killings that crippled the area in the late 70s. Carlton Gary, the man who has been convicted for several of those rapes and killings, is actually in town this week requesting a retrial.

He is survived by his wife and two children.

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