Detroit Television Personality John Kelly Passes

(L-$) John Kelly and Marilyn Turner.
(L-R) John Kelly and Marilyn Turner.

WXYZ-TV (Detroit) reports that Detroit television TV news and entertainment icon John Kelly passed away this past Sunday afternoon (9/18) at age 88.

Kelly was an anchor for WJBK-TV  (Detroit) beginning in 1965. In the early 1970s, he moved to WXYZ-TV and worked alongside Bill Bonds, Marilyn Turner and Al Ackerman.  He married Turner in 1975.  Both Kelly and Turner hosted the long-running morning show “Kelly & Company.”  The show was described by the Detroit Historical Society as a “personable, guest-oriented talk show taped in front of a live studio audience.  As Detroit’s premiere local talk show, it became a key component of Channel 7’s image in the community.”

Kelly is survived by Turner, his brothers Daniel and Kenneth, three children and six grandchildren.  No services have been announced as of this writing.

See WXYZ-TV’s story and tribute here.
See WJBK-TV’s story and tribute here.

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