LAUDERDALE LAKES, Fla., Dec. 25 (UPI) -- Florida radio talk show host Neil Rogers has died at Florida Medical Center in Lauderdale Lakes, his attorney and friend said.
Born Nelson Roger Behelfer in New York on Nov. 5, 1942, Rogers died Friday at the age of 68, The Miami Herald reported.
Rogers was a diabetic and had a stroke while on the air in 1990. He suffered another stroke and at least one heart attack in the past year. Friend and attorney Norman E. Kent said Rogers died of congestive heart failure.
Rogers was one of the highest-paid radio entertainers in South Florida, reportedly earning $1 million per year.
He started working at WKAT in 1976 and retired from WQAM in 2009. In between he worked at WNWS, WINZ, WZTA and WIOD. His topics ranged from government corruption to sports.
Rogers was gay and culturally Jewish, although he was an outspoken atheist.
His programs consistently topped the market and he could get away with just about anything, including flatulence sound effects and extreme political incorrectness, the report said.
"Neil broke all the rules by bringing the audience into the studio," said Jorge Rodriguez, his longtime producer and eventual fill-in host. "He spoke the way radio people talked to each other, so you knew the jargon. You felt very inside."
He had no immediate family. Memorial services were pending.