Popular Valley radio personality Bill Heywood is dead. He and his wife were found shot to death in a hotel on Wednesday afternoon, Scottsdale police told the media.
Sgt. Mark Clark told the Arizona Republic News that around 1 p.m. that day hotel staff found a suicide note in a room at the Homewood Suites near Scottsdale and Mountain View roads. The staff then alerted police. Authorities later found Heywood and his wife, Susan, dead inside the room.
Police didn't reveal much more details.
Heywood's career dates back to the 1960s and was named Billboard's No. 1 radio personality for three different years, according to Arizona Republic News. Fifteen years of his career were spent at KOY-AM (1230) and the defunct KOY-FM. He was reportedly featured in A Fire in the Sky, a 1978 TV movie about a comet heading toward Phoenix. Heywood also worked at KTAR-AM (620) and KFYI-AM (550).
He just was a guy who was born to do radio, Pat McMahon, another Valley Radio personality told 12 News.
The Arizona paper noted that court records show that the Heywoods were recently met with financial difficulties. They filed for bankruptcy in August 2009 and also lost their home to foreclosure some two years ago.
Susan Heywood suffered medical issues, friends told the media.
Heywood did some philanthropic work and was the honorary chairman of the Starlight Children's Foundation Sparkling Starry Soiree fund-raiser in 2011. The popular radio personality was active with the Arthritis Foundation, Crisis Nursery, Fresh Start Women's Foundation, Herberger Theater Center and others. His wife helped homeless pets, the Arizona Republic News reported.