Tony the Peanut Man dies

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) — A local icon, famous for throwing bags of boiled peanuts at Joe Riley Park with a happy song and dance has died.

Anthony Wright, better known as “Tony the Peanut Man,” passed away at his home Tuesday, November 22 of natural causes. He was 63 years old.

Earlier this year, he revealed he was living myotonic muscular dystrophy and fell into an 8-month depression taking a step back from his work and fans.

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Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg issued the following statement after learning of Wright’s death:

Tony the Peanut Man was a Charleston legend, not just for his delicious peanuts, but mostly for his infectious joy. At community events and Riverdogs games he brought smiles to our faces while he sang and danced his way into our families and hearts. He will be sorely missed.


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