Spike TV?s ?Ink Master? season 4 winner Scott Marshall passed away this weekend in Chicago. According to TMZ, Marshall apparently died in his sleep after suffering from a heart condition.
The exact cause of death is still unknown but earlier reports stated that Marshall ?called his wife to say the he wasn?t well enough to drive home from his tattoo shop in Roselle, Illinois and paid for a hotel room? late Saturday, shared by Variety. Two police officers then came to the home of his wife to tell her that Scott passed away.
Scott Marshal won season 4 of ?Ink Master,? a competition for tattoo artists, and took home the $100,000 main prize and an exclusive feature in Inked magazine, beating competitors Walter ?Sausage? Frank and Matti Hixson in an all-skill challenge, posted by Variety.
Ink Master Judge Dave Navarro was apparently the one of the first to announce his passing. He also paid tribute to Scott on social media on which he wrote: ?I am very sad to report that Inkmaster and friend Scott Marshall has passed away. My condolences to his family.?
— Dave Navarro (@DaveNavarro) October 27, 2015
His rival, Sausage, made a compassionate tweet for Scott Marshal after he learned of his death. ?Even though we had differences? Scott is an amazing dad & a phenomenal artist. You?ll be missed.?
— Walter SAUSAGE Frank (@Sausagekingtat) October 27, 2015
?Spike and entire ?Ink Master? family are stunned and saddened by the news of Scott?s passing,? Spike TV shared in a statement. ?He was a great competitor and talented artist. Our deepest condolences go out to the Marshall family and friends.?
Producers of the show, Original Media, also shared their grievances. ?We?re tremendously saddened by the passing of Scott Marshall, a vibrant, creative spirit and talent who will be missed by the entire ?Ink Master? family,? the company said in a statement. ?We extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends.?
The tattoo artist died at the age of 41 survived by his wife Johana Marshall and three children.