“It breaks my heart to hear the tragic news that a gentleman and a brilliant investigator, Jim Marrs has passed away. He spoke on my talk show that was dedicated to young adults. Thank you Jim Marrs for all that you have done. We will never forget you. His memory will always live on to those who once knew him and for his great achievements as an author and as a journalist.” – Natalie-Marie Hart
By Craig Hlavaty, Chron.com / Houston Chronicle
Jim Marrs, best-known for his work researching the various theories surrounding the JFK assassination and UFOs and a guest on many talk shows (The Natalie-Marie Hart Show), died this week at the age of 73.
According to his official Facebook page he died of a heart attack on Wednesday. He had recently been put on dialysis.
In late June Marrs posted a note on his official website that said he was suspending work on the site to address his health issues.
According to his online biography, Marrs was a former Fort Worth Star-Telegram staffer starting in 1968 and was a police reporter and general assignments reporter. After a stint serving in the Army in Vietnam he came back home and began writing about military and aerospace technology.
His 1989 book “Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy” was a New York Times Paperback Non-Fiction Best Seller and became a basis for the Oliver Stone film “JFK” in 1991. He served as a chief consultant for the film.
He had taught a course on the 1963 killing of the president at the University of Texas at Arlington, starting in 1976. He retired in 2007.
Marrs could usually be found in Dealey Plaza in Dallas on the anniversary of the assassination every November 22, talking to fans and speaking with the media in front of the so-called Grassy Knoll, ground zero for conspiracy theorists.
His work on 9/11 dealt with what he called an inconsistent public story on the terrorist attacks.
Other Marrs books included “Psi Spies,” “Alien Agenda,” “Rule by Secrecy,” “The War on Freedom,” “The Terror Conspiracy” and “The Rise of the Fourth Reich”, all of which were met with praise by a devoted community of skeptics if not mainstream audiences.