Robin Leach, a celebrity journalist and TV personality who was best known for hosting “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” has died at 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.”
“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 began covering entertainment as a teenager in his native England. He gained international fame as the loquacious host of the syndicated series “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” which bowed in 1983 and remained on the air through the mid-1990s.