Riley Martin (1946 - 2015)

Riley L. Martin, an author, radio host and a regular on "The Howard Stern Show" on Sirius XM subscription radio, has died, according to multiple news sources. He was 69.

Martin, the former host of "The Riley Martin Show" on Sirius XM's Channel 101, died Dec. 22, 2015, but the death wasn't announced until Tuesday. The news was trending widely on social media Wednesday morning. No cause of death was disclosed.

Martin, a member of Stern's group of guests known as the Wack Pack, was the author of "The Coming of Tan," an autobiography of sorts in which he claims he was abducted by aliens.


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According to Martin's official website, he was born May 9, 1946, in Mississippi to a family of sharecroppers of African-American and Native American descent. It goes on to describe the night of his alien abduction as a 7-year-old boy.

"That fateful night, two aliens took little Riley on this first trip to their mothership near Saturn," the account reads. "Riley's second trip was when he was 18. It was on this trip that they placed a strange looking headset on him … then in a matter of second download into his brain … 144,000 different symbols." As Martin slept, the aliens "downloaded the history of humanity, alien insights and a whole lot more."

On "The Howard Stern Show," Martin often made reference to a tiny alien that he called "Tan. O-Qua Tangin Wann."

"'The Stern Show was saddened to learn of the death of one of the most notable Wack Packers to ever be heard on the Howard channels," reads a notice at howardstern.com. "Riley, to me," was one of the greats," the website quotes Stern as saying Wednesday morning. "We love you. We will miss you."

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