'Ink Master' tattoo artist Scott Marshall dead at 41

Ink Master tattoo artist Scott Marshall dead at age 41

'Ink Master' tattoo artist Scott Marshall dead at 41

Glendale Heights native and tattoo artist Scott Marshall won Season 4 of “Ink Master.” To tattoo fans, Scott Marshall was the F-bombingly cocky winner of Season 4 of Spike TV’s “Ink Master.”

But his wife said she and his children remember the Glendale Heights native as a loving father and husband. “He knew how to make each one of those kids just shine,” Johanna Marshall said. “This man was such a beautiful soul. I knew I could feel the love — not just him saying he loved me.”

She was notified of his death Sunday night, at a Roselle hotel, by police in the west suburb. He worked at Roselle Tattoo Company. On Saturday, he’d told her he wasn’t feeling well, so she told him to stay at a hotel rather than drive the 40 miles to their home in a far southwest suburb.

“He just went to sleep and didn’t wake up,” said Johanna Marshall, who was married to him for 11 years.

“It was heart failure,” said his brother, Christopher. “We never knew about it.”

He didn’t engage in risky or unhealthy habits, Johanna Marshall said. “It was very unexpected. A very unexpected loss.”

The DuPage County coroner’s office was awaiting autopsy results.

Mr. Marshall, 41, grew up in Glendale Heights. His artistic talent showed by the time he went to Glenside Middle School, his brother said.

“He did an art competition for a plumbing company looking for a logo, fifth or sixth grade, and won second place,” Christopher Marshall said.Mr. Marshall went to Glenbard North High School, where he hung out with the headbangers.“We had some pretty bad hairstyles,” his brother said.Young Scott Marshall played in a band called Spacebug Thugs.“He was a great drummer,” his brother said. “If it wasn’t for the tattooing, he could have easily been a professional musician. Scott would make the backdrop, airbrush everything and create the posters for the shows.”They liked to ride their bikes and hang out […]

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