Michael Heaton Cleveland, Longtime Cleveland writer “Minister of Culture” dead at 66

Michael Heaton Death

Michael Heaton (Minister of Culture) Death – Michael Heaton, of Cleveland, known to many as the “Minister of Culture,” has passed away this weekend at the age of 66. Reports states that Heaton worked with the Plain Dealer’s Friday Magazine for three decades and wrote his weekly “Minister” column in the magazine. He made his last write up with the magazine in 2018 when he left the paper. According to reports from many who knew him, Heaton wrote “entertainingly about entertainment.”

Heaton was also reviewed movies, albums and rock concerts during his time with the magazine and wrote penetrating profiles in the paper’s former Sunday Magazine, including one on an up-and-coming young local chef; Michael Symon. It is reported that Heaton once worked as a freelancer for People Magazine. It is reported that he was dispatched on the night of 9-11 to New York City to report in an efforts to feed first responders at Ground Zero after the towers were felled.

Reports states that Chuck Heaton also a legend in Cleveland media was the father of Michael Heaton. He was the longtime Cleveland Browns beat writer for The Plain Dealer and his sister, Patricia, is the actress best known for her roles in “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “The Middle.” He co-authored her book, “Motherhood and Hollywood.”

Heaton also published collections of his columns, the most recent being “Truth and Justice for Fun and Profit.” He talked with former “Sound of Applause” host Dee Perry in July of 2016 about that book. Michael Heaton cause of death was not released to the public at the time of this publication.

John Noell shared the news about the death of Michael Heaton on Facebook saying; “So many great personal tributes pouring in. I’m struck by the unique impact Michael had upon so many people. We were classmates at Bay High. He was a nerd-freak and I was a nerd-freak-jock; we mainly knew each other from the parties. There were a few times in the 80’s where we would not know the party was over because we were still busy solving the world’s problems and enjoying a laugh until the wee hours.… See more”

Michael Heaton Obituary will be released by the family.

 

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