'Gladiator' gunned down

Pop­u­lar ra­dio per­son­al­i­ty Ri­car­do “Glad­i­a­tor” Welch was mur­dered in Sam Bou­caud, San­ta Cruz this morn­ing.

The talk show host was gunned down in what ap­peared to be a dri­ve-by shoot­ing along San­ta Lu­cia Dri­ve.

Welch, 54, lived in the area.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, Welch was dri­ving to work in his Toy­ota Pra­do when he was at­tacked by a gun­man. His Toy­ota Pra­do ran off the road­way and crashed in­to a wall.

Welch had stints on nu­mer­ous ra­dio sta­tions, in­clud­ing Pow­er102FM and made ma­jor head­lines in 2017 when he suc­cess­ful­ly won a defama­tion suit against the More 104.7fm fre­quen­cy for la­belling him as gay.

We'll up­date this sto­ry as we re­ceive more in­for­ma­tion.

- by Peter Christopher

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