Popular Mid-south DJ found dead - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Andrew Douglas

Popular Mid-south DJ found dead

Popular Memphis radio DJ Dee Henderson, also known as "Cap N Pete" was found dead Wednesday behind his home in Southwest Memphis. Homicide detectives are awaiting autopsy results, but signs are pointing to foul play.

The award-winning DJ touched the lives of many for more than two decades, and his voice and personality were the shining gem of WEVL. Every Friday night for the past 26 years, Henderson hosted a program on 89.9 WEVL called Cap N Pete's Blues Cruise.

"He would tell about stories blues legends like Howling Wolf on a flatbed truck playing in a cotton field, Ike Turner singing from church to church," said WEVL manager Judy Dorsey.

Henderson's Cap N Pete Blues Cruise Friday nights were legendary.

The blues was in his blood.

Born on a plantation in Clarksdale, Mississippi, Henderson had little formal education, but his knowledge of blues music and his likeable character made him an award-winning disc jockey.

"A very gentle...a very family man, a very kind man," said co-worker Joyce Cobb.

Henderson's listeners, friends and family were devastated by news that the 74-year-old grandfather was discovered dead in his own backyard.

As detectives continue their investigation, memories are pouring in from Mid-southerners who recall an accomplished yet humble man who touched many lives through his love of music.

WEVL's annual "Blues on the Bluff" concert this weekend will have a different emcee for the first time in 26 years.


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