Robin Leach, ‘Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous' host, dead at 76

Robin Leach, ‘Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous' host, dead at 76

The journalist and broadcaster passed away on Thursday night, after suffering a stroke late a year ago, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, where Leach worked as a columnist. "We've lost a dear, dear friend and a wonderful man. Rest in peace Robin Leach", Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman said on Twitter.

The host was reportedly hospitalized following a stroke in November, and suffered another stroke on Monday.

Leach is survived by three sons and four grandchildren. It was much like rap videos would do in future decades.

Leach's show epitomized Eighties decadence.

He will be forever known for his show Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous, on which he signed off, 'Champagne wishes and caviar dreams'.

Leach's voice was constantly parodied. By age 18 he was working for the Daily Mail.

In the mid-1970s, he tried out TV as a regular contributor to "AM Los Angeles" with hosts Regis Philbin and Sarah Purcell, and found his calling.

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He was last seen on TV in 2017 with the show Great News. He often became friends with the celebrities he covered.

And in 1984 he created Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous, which he starred in and produced.

The gaudy show became wildly popular, but never with critics.

"And when I wake up in the morning, I wink at myself because I like me-I know who I am", he told The New York Times 28 years ago. "The cartoon character, that's not who Robin Leach is".

Leach moved to Las Vegas in 1999, where he started chronicling star-studded events around town for publications like the Las Vegas Sun and the Las Vegas Review-Journal. In addition to his column for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Leach ran a production company, Total Vegas Television, that produced YouTube videos and other content.

The personality also appeared on the reality TV shows Celebrity Wife Swap, Holly's World, The Surreal Life: Fame Games and I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!

He was among the founders of the Food Network, selling his equity for a big payday when the channel took off.

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