Television host and journalist Robin Leach sadly passed away on Friday. Leach, who was originally from England, was best known for hosting the hit TV series “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous."
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, he died Friday morning. He was 76.
The journalist had reportedly been hospitalized since Nov. 21 following a stroke.
“Sad to report the death of famed celeb reporter, friend and colleague #RobinLeach @ 1:50 a.m. in #LasVegas,” tweeted John Katsilometes, a columnist for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, where Leach worked. “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 also tweeted a statement from Leach's family.
“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.,” the family said in a statement, which Katsilometes also tweeted. “Everyone’s support and love over the past, almost one year, has been incredible and we are so grateful. Memorial arrangements to follow. With love, Steven, Gregg and Rick Leach.”
Leach gained international fame on “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous." The show debuted in 1983 and remained on the air through the mid-1990s.
"The series epitomized the worship of celebrities and wealth that became a defining feature of the 1980s. The show billed itself as 'television’s unchallenged authority on wealth, prestige, and success.' Shari Belafonte joined Leach as co-host toward the end of the series’ run," explained Variety.
Leach narrated each episode of “Lifestyles" with his Cockney and Manchester mixed English accent. Leach also hosted the ABC daytime series “Fame, Fortune and Romance."
In the late 1990s, Leach moved to Las Vegas. He wrote a column for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, and he ran a production company, Total Vegas Television, that produced YouTube videos and other content.
People who worked with Leach took to Twitter to share their memories and express their condolences.
Leach is survived by three sons and four grandchildren. Please pray for his family as they mourn his passing. A family in Iowa also needs your prayers. After searching for her for over a month, this week they learned their daughter had been murdered.