Mojo Nixon, Eclectic Rock Icon and Radio Host, Passes Away at 66

Published February 8, 2024

Mojo Nixon, known for his unbridled energy as a musician and as an MTV personality in the 1980s, has passed away at the age of 66. The cause of his passing was a cardiac event. Nixon, who once joked about infusing the White House with another Nixon through his 1988 presidential run, left a memorable mark with his unique brand of music and humor.

Final Performance on Outlaw Country Cruise

Nixon was performing on the 2024 Outlaw Country Cruise when he was stricken by a cardiac event. The cruise, which began in Miami, featured Nixon as both a performer and host, a role he embraced for several years. His last show was on Tuesday evening, just prior to his sudden passing, which was announced on his Facebook page along with a testament to his vibrant final moments filled with great performance, laughter, and camaraderie.

A Legacy of Music and Outrageousness

Nixon's journey to fame began with his musical partnership with Skid Roper in San Diego. The duo became known for left-field hits like 'Elvis is Everywhere' and the provocative 'Don Henley Must Die.' Their video for 'Elvis is Everywhere' was a notable presence on MTV, which played an instrumental role in Nixon's rise.

Nixon's zany antics extended beyond music. He acted in films like 'Super Mario Brothers' and 'Great Balls of Fire,' where he struck a friendship with Winona Ryder. Despite a brief stint as a duo, Nixon eventually pursued a solo career, aiming for a full band sound that allowed him to unleash his full rock and roll spirit on stage.

From Rock Stages to Radio Waves

After their split as a duo, Nixon maintained his vibrant character while transitioning to a successful radio career. As a Sirius XM radio host, he entertained with shows such as 'Outlaw County' and 'Manifold Destiny.' His voice was not just confined to music, as he expressed his political opinions through the show 'Lying (Expletives).' Nixon's influence extended across various entertainment media, making him a multi-faceted figure in the world of rock and beyond.

Nixon, whose real name was Neill Kirby McMillan, hails from North Carolina with a background steeped in American roots music. He is survived by his wife, sons, a sister, a brother, and a granddaughter. Information on memorial services is yet to be announced.

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