'Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous' host dead at age 76
The former host of "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," Robin Leach, passed away at the age of 76.
Leach drew his last breath on Friday, August 24, 2018, and had been in the hospital since November 21, 2017, after suffering a stroke in Cabo San Lucas.
The news of his death was announced by his friend and columnist John Katsilometes on Twitter, who revealed that Leach had suffered a second stroke on Monday.
Katsilometes also took the opportunity to use his social media account to share an emotional statement issued by Leach's family.
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"Despite the past 10 months, what a beautiful life he had. Our Dad, Grandpa, Brother, Uncle and friend Robin Leach passed away peacefully last night at 1:50 a.m."
John Katsilometes, Twitter, August 24, 2018
The family ended their message by thanking everyone for their love and support over the last year and letting everyone known that memorial arrangements would be announced soon.
Sad to report the death of famed celeb reporter, friend and colleague #RobinLeach @ 1:50 a.m. in #LasVegas. He would have been 77 Wednesday. He suffered a second stroke Monday. He in hospice care. He'd been hospitalized since Nov. 21, after suffering a stroke in Cabo San Lucas.— John Katsilometes (@johnnykats) August 24, 2018
HOW HE STARTED
Although he was most known for hosting "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," Leach started his career by working for the Daily Mail at the age of 18.
When he moved to the United States, back in 1963, Leach wrote for the New York Dialy News. In the following years, the reporter would also work for People magazine, The Star and Ladies' Home Journal.
HIS TELEVISION EXPERIENCE
In 1980, the late 76-year-old joined CNN and hosted "People Tonight." and it was at around the same time that Entertainment Tonight was launched in syndication.
Leach hosted "Fame, Fortune and Romance" for ABC from 1986 and 1987 and also made several appearances in shows such as "Roseanne," " The Love Boat," "Boy Meets World" and "The Guiding Light."
Leach is survived by three sons, Steven, Gregg and Rick, as well as four grandchildren.