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Paxton Mills Had Been Suffering From Personal Problems, Friends Say
1:14 AM, Jun 26, 2001
Long-time Denver radio fans were mourning the death of Paxton Mills Tuesday.
Mills, a well-known Denver radio personality, was found dead Monday afternoon in an Aspen hotel room and the cause of death is under investigation.
Mills, 52, whose full name was Harry Paxton Mills, had spent 20 years in radio in Denver, the last two years with KOOL 105.
Mills had resigned Friday from his radio job at the station, according to Steve Keeney, general manager of KOOL 105.
Aspen police and the Pitkin County Coroner's Office were called to the Hotel Aspen at about 2 p.m., a news release from the coroner's office said.
The manager and head housekeeper of the hotel went to Mills' room after he failed to check out Monday.
Mills was found dead in bed, a police source said. There were no obvious signs of trauma, according to that source.
Mills hosted the morning show "Paxton and the Coach" with fellow disc jockey Rick "Coach" Marshall (pictured, right) from 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. His last show was broadcast Friday. The station had already removed his picture, biography and other information from its Web site by Monday morning. By Monday afternoon, the station had a special "tribute" link on its front page.
"We had a great rapport," Marshall said. "He was the straight guy and I was the nut."
Mills dominated the morning airwaves for the last two decades. His career included stints at KIMN, KMJI and KOSI.
"Paxton and the Coach" was named best morning show last year by the Colorado Broadcasters Association.
Marshall said that Mills had been suffering from some personal problems. He had been married four times and recently broke up with his girlfriend, he said.
Marshall said that Mills recently learned that he had testicular cancer.
KOOL 105 released a statement shortly before noon on Tuesday about Mills' death that said he would be missed.
"We at KXKL-KOOL 105 are terribly saddened by the sudden death of Paxton
Mills. For the past 3 years Paxton has been a part of the KXKL-KOOL 105
morning team, "Paxton and The Coach." Paxton was an extraordinarily
talented radio personality and will be missed by his many fans and friends.
Our deepest sympathies go out to Paxton's family and friends," the statement said.
Mills resided in Evergreen, Colo. Mills' daughter, Samantha Doe, 11, lives with his ex-wife in Detroit, he said. He also has two sons, Matthew and Joshua, from previous marriages.
He was born in 1948 in Dallas, Texas and began his radio career at rock and roll giant KLIF-AM in 1967. Mills worked there until 1974 before moving to other radio jobs around the country. He eventually landed at Denver's KIMN where he worked in the 1980s.