DAYTON — Comedian and radio personality Ron Sexton, known to listeners of “The BOB & TOM Show” as “Donnie Baker,” has died. Ron Sexton died while staying at a hotel in Dayton, Ohio Friday. That’s according to a Facebook post by his family. He was there for a stand-up show this weekend.
“It is with immense sadness that we let everyone know that Ron Sexton passed away yesterday. He was Donnie Baker to most of you, but Ron and Dad to us. Please respect our privacy at this time and pray for our family,” the post said.
"We are sad to confirm that Ron Sexton, longtime member of the ensemble cast of "The Bob & Tom Show", died Friday in Ohio while on tour with his stand-up comedy show. Ron was known by millions of listeners of "The Bob & Tom Show" for the indelible comedic characters he played… pic.twitter.com/HrB2x7K2ma— The BOB & TOM Show (@bobandtom) July 22, 2023
Many fans and and fellow comedians across the country took to social media to express their shock and pay tribute to some of Sexton’s performances over the years.
Absolute legend. Growing up in Indy my drives to school with dad were always made better when the phone would ring on Bob & Tom and it’d be Donnie Baker. Big reason why I always wanted to do what I do today. I’m very sad. RIP, Ron 🙏🏼 https://t.co/YrS1If9ysn— Joey (@JoeyMulinaro) July 22, 2023
Since I was in HS @bobandtom been part of my life. My late uncle loved them, & we bonded over their skits & humor. Donnie Baker (Ron) was a huge part, & a needed joy to a sometimes dark world their show provides an escape, I swear to God he did! (obligatory must use phase).#RIP https://t.co/P8gtfmGFOt— Brattzoo (@SuprCityIndyFan) July 22, 2023
Great talent. Better person. Helped me early on with my comedy stand-up at Dave “The King” Wilson’s comedy joint in Greenwood. Ron was experimenting with “Donnie Baker” at that time. https://t.co/Vnsw7OzV1y— Kokomoschmoe (@Kokomoschmoe) July 22, 2023