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Former WXYZ-TV Weathercaster Marilyn Turner Dies at 93

May 17, 2024

Marilyn Turner

WXYZ-TV reported this past Wednesday (5/15) that legendary weathercaster Marilyn Turner has died.  The station confirmed the news with her family. Neither the date nor cause was revealed.

Turner grew up in Ontario and became a weathercaster on Detroit's WJBK-TV in 1957. WXYZ hired Turner in 1973, a year after it hired John Kelly away from WJBK to co-anchor the evening news with Bill Bonds.

Turner and Kelly married in December 1974. Together, they hosted WXYZ's "Kelly & Co." from the 1977 to 1995. In front of a live audience, they interviewed celebrities and newsmakers (Kirk Douglas, Alyssa Milano, Donny Osmond, former President Jimmy Carter). They made a guest appearance on the soap opera, "General Hospital." For four years, in the 1980s, they also hosted another talk show, "Good Afternoon, Detroit."

In 2008 to mark the station's 60th anniversary, Turner returned to WXYZ to anchor the 7 p.m. newscast alongside Kelly and Bill Bonds.

Turner was 93 years old. Kelly died in 2016 at the age of 88.

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