A well-known Arizona author, editor and cartoonist had a heart attack Saturday while rehearsing for his band’s 45th year reunion.
Bob "Boze" Bell was rehearsing with his rock ’n’ roll band, The Exits, in the Elks Lodge in Kingman before he had a heart attack, according to a Web log by Bell’s friend, Charlie Waters.
A nurse at Kingman Regional Medical Center said Bell was still in the intensive care unit as of Thursday night.
Bell is well known for his artwork and comics that have been displayed in numerous publications such as New Times and Arizona Highways. Bell also won the Arizona Press Club’s Cartoonist of the Year award in 1983.
He worked for KSLX (100.7 FM) as a radio show host and now runs True West Magazine.
Bell returned to his hometown of Kingman on Friday afternoon in preparation for the party, "Exits Exit."
The party was celebrating the 45 years since the creation of what Waters calls "Kingman’s first real rock ’n’ roll band," and also honor former band mate, Wendell Havatone, who died two years ago from a heart attack.
According to Bell’s blog, which has been taken over by Waters, CPR was performed by band member Wayne Rutschman and two others before paramedics arrived.
The blog says Bell’s wife, Kathy, and his daughter, Deena, have been by his side at Kingman Regional Medical Center.