AMARILLO (June 17, 2014) Stanley Marsh 3, the eccentric Texas artist and businessman whose partially buried row of Cadillacs became a road-side tourist attraction in the 1970s, died Tuesday afternoon in Amarillo at the age of 76, his criminal attorney, Paul Nugent, said.
Marsh suffered a massive stroke in 2011, and his wife was his legal guardian.
An heir to his family's oil-and-gas fortune, Marsh bought the struggling KVII-TV in 1967, and turned into Amarillo's top-rated television station.
His passion, however, was art.
He was best known for Cadillac Ranch, a display of 10 cars seemingly standing on their noses along Interstate 40 west of Amarillo.
The vintage Cadillacs, ranging from a 1948 club coupe to a 1963 sedan, were gathered from junkyards, private collectors and used car lots.
Each was buried nose first at a 45-degree angle.
Late in his life, Marsh faced felony charges that alleged he molested teenage boys, allegations that he denied.
In April 2013 he was indicted on four counts of sexual assault of a child, eight counts of sexual performance by a child, and two counts of indecency with a child.
In February 2013, he settled 10 civil lawsuits from teenagers who alleged he paid them for sex acts.