Prairie Home Companion sound-effects guru Tom Keith dies at 64

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Tom Keith, who created the sound effects for Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion radio show for decades, died Sunday (Oct. 30) after collapsing at his Woodbury, Minn., home. He was 64. The cause of death has not been determined, a spokesperson for the show told Minnesota Public Radio.

“The Minnesota Public Radio family is shocked and saddened by the sudden loss of our friend and colleague, Tom Keith,” APHC producer MPR said in a statement. “Tom was beloved by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing and working with him. We will sorely miss his humor, his amazing talents and his friendship.”

Keith, a native of St. Paul, had worked with Keillor since 1976. Keith last appeared on APHC on Oct. 22 from the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul, with guest headliner John Lithgow.

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