Who is Tony Brown's wife Sunshine Brown? 'The Quiet Storm' radio host dies at 75 after bleeding in brain paralyzed him
During his illness, his wife quit a successful career and became a 24/7 primary caregiver for him
Tony Brown, the WDAS FM host famous for his show 'The Quiet Storm' died on February 24, 2021, at the age of 75. He is survived by his wife Sunshine Brown, three children and their families.
For 45 years, Brown kept Philadelphia enthralled with his exceptional talent. In 2018, he suffered from a cerebral hemorrhage and cardiac ailments, following which his wife Sunshine Brown forced him to retire. The couple had been married for 23 years.
Who is Sunshine Brown?
Tony Brown met his future wife Sunshine Brown on the sets of his show, 'The Quiet Storm', where she was the show producer for WDAS-FM. It can be presumed that the duo bonded over work and fell in love.
They got married on June 15, 1996, when Tony was 51-year-old. In 2019, she tweeted a romantic collage of the happy couple through the decades while sharing about their 23rd anniversary.
Both of them shared birthdays just two days apart, Tony on December 6 and Sunshine on December 8.
The couple became parents to three children -- daughter Kelli, sons Jason and Julian. They later also became proud grandparents to five granddaughters and one grandson. The couple also has two great-grandsons.
Tony's health started failing since January 2018 when he suffered from a series of mini-strokes, followed by a severe cerebral hemorrhage. The hemorrhage left him paralyzed completely, unable to walk, speak or eat. At that time, Sunshine became his primary 24X7 caregiver, helping him eat with a feeding tube to assisting him on all day-to-day functions. With her unfailing care and love, he recovered a little, being able to smile, laugh, and say a few words.
Soon, Tony showed signs of cardiac disease and was provided with a pacemaker. He later developed Atrial fibrillation. Around this time, his wife started a GoFundMe for him, appealing to his fans and listeners to reach out in support and help the family out with the medical expenses.
On February 22, Sunshine posted on her Facebook page asking everyone to pray for Tony. "Please continue to keep Tony lifted," she posted.
Tony breathed his last on February 24, leaving his beloved wife and a loving family devastated.
Tony Brown's legacy
Tony Brown started his career in radio at Temple University's radio station -- WRTI 90.1 FM and WUSL 98.9 FM (Power 99) before his long stint at WDAS.
“Tony was a stalwart on-air for WDAS for over 45 years, and was a staple in the Philadelphia market for close to 47 years,” WDAS FM wrote in a tribute to him.
“He was part of a generation of DJs that came out of WRTI when it was an all-jazz format and had a strong community focus," said journalism professor Linn Washington.