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Florida announcer Shannon Rose passes away


Shannon Rose, a Florida ring announcer and publicist who had battled health problems since childhood, passed away yesterday.

Rose battled muscular dystrophy for much of his life.  He's been a part of the Florida scene since the mid-80s after Gordon Solie and Dusty Rhodes met him through the Make-a-
Wish foundation when he was 12 years old.  He did ring announcing at a small Championship Wrestling from Florida show and later ring announced for a number of independent groups.  He also handled publicity for a number of companies in dealing with the Observer since the 80s.

He did a public access talk show on pro wrestling which aired for many years on a Tampa television since he was a teenager.  He did ring announcing for the 2010 version of the EA Sports MMA video game, worked in local radio in Tampa and was named Rising Star of the Year by the St. Petersburg Times newspaper in 2009.  He was also at one time the National Spokesperson for Elhers Danlos Network CARES and ran his own public relations company, Electric Media Productions.

"Shannon was anointed a selfless survivor during his time with us, constantly defying scientific boundaries associated with MS," wrote his family on his Facebook account.