I met and knew Marty when he worked for Thunderbird Films in LA during the 1970s. He sold me a reel of 16mm color takes from the aborted Judy Garland Annie Get Your Gun. He had it on an 800 foot reel in the rear of his old Pinto in the blazing summer sun in LA!!! His friend Murray Glass(both animation enthusiasts) had a reel for sale of another song in takes in his catalogue. One Sunday Murray took me to a hospital to see Marty at that time where he had had a testicle removed because of cancer. Others had him on the missing list for years. It was his boss Tom Dunnahoo of Thunderbird Films who passed way back, in prison, I believe but not for film piracy.
I'm happy to hear that news of Marty's passing is, er, exaggerated! He's a wonderful guy and very knowledge- and has been a great supporter of the work we've been doing at Thunderbean. When I first read this post my heart sank!
Steve there have been other reports in the past. I can name a dozen people I have read obits for and at least one is still alive all these years later(Gloria De Haven, once married to actor John Payne) and that was in a reference book by a respected UK film reviewer who should have known better!!!!