Michael Hood, one of our area's saltiest journalists and a onetime Weekly contributor, has confirmed on his blog that former KIRO-710 radio personality Mike Webb's dead

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Mike Webb's Dead

Inge Skarbo, too.

Michael Hood, one of our area's saltiest journalists and a onetime Weekly contributor, has confirmed on his blog that former KIRO-710 radio personality Mike Webb's dead body was the one found decomposing in his Queen Anne rental home the other day. (UPDATE: King County officials say Webb was murdered with a blunt instrument.) Webb had faced tumult in his personal life since he was canned in the wake of being charged with insurance fraud at the outset of 2005, a plight chronicled masterfully in the Weekly's pages by ex-contributor Geov Parrish.

In other death-related news, furniture baron, Norwegian immigrant, Ingraham High grad and U.S. Army veteran (thank you, Seattle Times obit page) Inge Skarbo passed away last week at the age of 60 due to complications from multiple sclerosis. Although I didn't know Mr. Skarbo well, I used to produce a nonprofit newsletter with his wife, Kathi, in the study of their Lake Burien home in the late Nineties. She was a very sweet, down-to-earth woman who would often flip for sandwiches at a deli in downtown Burien (the name escapes me) when we needed a break (I always fetched, in an act of non-monetary reciprocation). Inge was wheelchair-bound, so the Skarbo home had to be retrofitted to suit his needs -- and Kathi and her kids always seemed to assist him without grousing one bit. I always admired this family, and my heart goes out to them as they prepare to memorialize their industrious patriarch. Tilt your head skyward toward Inge next time you purchase a coffee table, okay?

 
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