He’s been a staple of his older brother’s radio show for years, but Fred Imus had much more to his life.
Fred was a cohost on Sirius’ weekend show Fred’s Trailer Park Bash. Reportedly he was found dead Saturday in his Tucson, Arizona trailer after he failed to show up for the Sirius show.
The longtime country music songwriter reached the pinnacle of that career in 1976. That year he and Phil Sweet co-wrote I Dont Want to Have to Marry You, a number-one country hit for Jim Ed Brown and Helen Cornelius.
Fred and Don Imus collaborated on a book in 1997 Two Guys Four Corners, which gave insight to the Imus’ love for the Southwest.
But, of course, his biggest recognition was as a contributor to Don’s morning show, now on WABC-AM.
Fred, many times, would be the perfect counterbalance to Don, cracking the armor of the legendary morning man as only a sibling can.
Even when being difficult during his radio appearances, Fred had a natural sense of humor that listeners welcomed.
In the 1990s, Fred became an entrepreneur with Auto Body Express, a garage for restoring vintage vehicles. After a few mentions by Don on the radio and Fred Imus had a multi-million dollar clothing and food empire.
No cause of death was given. Fred Imus was 69.
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