Winner of Reality TV Show ‘Ink Master’ Found Dead in Suburban Hotel

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Scott Marshall, a former winner of the reality show “Ink Master,” was found dead in a hotel in the suburban Chicago village of Roselle on Sunday. 

Marshall, who was 41 years old, was a tattoo artist with Roselle Tattoo Company and lived in Plainfield.

Roselle Police told the Chicago Tribune that authorities responded to a report of an unresponsive guest just before 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Holiday Inn Express at 1490 W. Lake St. A death investigation was ongoing.

Marshall’s wife, Johanna, told TMZ that Marshall told her he wasn’t feeling well Saturday and decided to get a hotel room after work instead of driving home.

Johanna said police officers arrived at her home Sunday where they told her that her husband had passed away in his sleep, TMZ reported, and that authorities told her preliminary autopsy results show it was unspecified heart issue.

Johanna Marshall could not immediately be reached for comment by NBC Chicago. The coroner would only confirm the death is under investigation.

On Tuesday, Roselle Tattoo Company posted about Marshall’s death on its Facebook page.

“Truly a sad day. RIP Scott Marshall,” the post read. “A huge loss for the tattoo community.”

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Truly a sad day. RIP Scott Marshall. A huge loss for the tattoo community.

Posted by Roselle Tattoo Company on Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The shop declined to comment further on Marshall’s death.

Marshall gained national attention in 2014 after he won Season 4 of Spike TV’s hit show “Ink Master,” beating out 16 other artists from around the country and earning $100,000 and a feature in Inked magazine.

The show’s host, Dave Navarro, tweeted Tuesday that he was “very sad to report” Marshall had passed away.

“I am very sad to report the Inkmaster and friend Scott Marshall has passed away. My condolences to his family,” he wrote.

A spokesperson for Spike TV also released a statement on Marshall’s death.

“Spike and entire Ink Master family are stunned and saddened by the news of Scott's passing. He was a great competitor and talented artist,” the statement read. “Our deepest condolences go out to the Marshall family and friends.

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