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Stanley Marsh 3 Dies

Marsh 3 built his legacy in Amarillo around his unusual art projects. Most notably, the Cadillac Ranch.

AMARILLO -- Amarillo millionaire Stanley Marsh 3 has passed away.

A family attorney says the eccentric millionaire died this afternoon of natural causes in hospice care

Marsh 3 will forever be tied to Amarillo because of the attention he brought to the city and the panhandle.

Unfortunately, not all of that attention was positive.

Most people know of Stanley Marsh 3 because of his quirkiness. A perfect example of that is his name. Choosing to be called Marsh 3 instead of the usual Marsh III.

Marsh 3 suffered a series of strokes a little more than 2-years ago.

He built his legacy in Amarillo around his unusual art projects. Most notably, the Cadillac Ranch.

He is also responsible for the many artistic street signs scattered throughout the city.

Do not forget the floating mesa west of town and the pasture-sized pool table that was truly only visible by airplane.

Along with his eccentricity, Marsh 3 has had some legal troubles as well.

He died under indictment on 14-charges including sexual assault of a child, sexual performance by a child and indecency with a child.

Nearly two dozen young men who claimed they were given money and drugs to perform sexually for him while they were underage also sued Marsh 3.

Ten of those lawsuits were settled out of court. But, since then ten more have been filed.

Those suits are pending.

An attorney for one of the plaintiffs says he will file a suggestion of death motion in the case which should make Marsh 3's estate liable for any judgment that may come.

Funeral arrangements have not yet been announced.

Stanley Marsh Three died today at the age of 76.


UPDATE:  10:15 P.M.

The criminal charges against Marsh 3 will eventually be dismissed.

Marsh 3's Criminal attorney released this statement Tuesday night about the death of his client.

"The world has lost Stanleys grand imagination, philanthropic generosity and prankster personality.  It is unfortunate Stanley died before he had the opportunity to clear his good name.  The criminal accusations made by those seeking to become millionaires will now forever remain mere allegations - - untested and unproven in a criminal courtroom."  Said Attorney Paul Nugent. 

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