Former “Ink Master” winner found dead

Scott Marshall (pictured), a former winner of Spike TV's reality tattoo competition series Ink Master, has passed away.
October 28, 2015

Scott Marshall (pictured), a former winner of Spike TV’s reality tattoo competition series Ink Master, has passed away.

The 41-year-old tattoo artist was found dead in his hotel room on Sunday (October 25) by paramedics responding to a call regarding an unresponsive guest at the Chicago area Holiday Inn Express, the Chicago Tribune reports.

According to celebrity news website TMZ, Marshall phoned his wife Saturday evening from the Roselle Tattoo Co. tattoo shop to inform her that he wasn’t feeling well enough to drive home and would instead be staying at a nearby hotel.

An investigation into Marshall’s death is currently ongoing, though foul play is not suspected.

Marshall was crowned the winner of Ink Master’s fourth season in May 2014, and was awarded a US$100,000 grand prize, as well as a feature in Inked magazine. He is survived by wife Johanna and their three children.

“I am very sad to report that Ink Master and friend Scott Marshall has passed away. My condolences to his family,” series host Dave Navarro tweeted.

“Spike and [the] entire Ink Master family are stunned and saddened by the news of Scott’s passing. He was a great competitor and talented artist. Our deepest condolences go out to the Marshall family and friends,” a Spike TV spokesperson said in an email to realscreen.

The Original Media-produced Ink Master wrapped its sixth season earlier this month.

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