Robin Leach, the London-born host of long-running TV show Lifestyles of the rich and famous, died on Thursday night at the age of 76 in Las Vegas.
Leach was also an experienced journalist. His death was first reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, where he worked as a celebrity columnist. (He moved to Las Vegas in 1999 and spent most of the past 20 years with entertainment events there.)
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He had been hospitalized since last year after a stroke he had suffered in Cabo San Lucas. Reporter John Katsilometes, who was also a friend of Leach, said that on Monday he again had a brain hemorrhage in poor relief.
"Despite the last 10 months, what a beautiful life he had", read a statement from Leach & # 39; s sons Steven, Gregg and Rick. "Our father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend Robin Leach died peacefully last night at 1:50 am The support and love of everyone in the past, almost a year, was incredible and we are so grateful. to follow. "
Born in London on August 29, 1941, the path of Leach seemed destined. He became one of the youngest reporters in the city before moving to New York City in 1963. He spent the first days of his career as a gossip player and celebrity journalist and began appearing at guest spots on TV entertainment shows such as Entertainment tonight. He officially joined in 1981, but left shortly afterwards because he felt that there was not enough attention for the actors' lives and, instead, too many of their latest projects.
"I got frustrated," Leach said to the Chicago Tribune in his clear cat color. We would go into these houses and we would talk to these blonde-haired bimbo's who would talk about how they wanted to stretch by doing Shakespeare-in-the-park. They were nothing more than swinging queens, and I said to myself, "I want nothing more than to take off your clothes and get into the bubble bath." From that jewel of humor came a TV program. & # 39;
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And therefore, Lifestyles of the rich and famous was born.
The show, a 60-minute (and later reduced to 30 minutes) romp through the playground of celebrities, featured insider looks at star houses, cars & # 39; s and other luxury trinkets. Known for its famous expression "champagne wishes and caviar dreams," Leach would tour with the celebrity, adding an extra layer to the appeal of the show. He was biting, funny and out of control. However, he always said that his TV persona was just a task for the cameras.
"The cartoon character, that's not who Robin Leach is," he told the New York Times in 1990. "And when I wake up in the morning, I wink at myself because I like it – I know who I am. And when it's time to send the cartoon character away, I just send him on his way. & # 39;
LOTRAF ran for 11 years, until 1995. After it ended, he settled in Las Vegas, emerging through the city at events, hotels, auctions and nightclubs. He skillfully parades his strengths in his work, becoming a productive blogger and employee.
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He claimed that his defining legacy was the proliferation of numerous reality shows that dominate TV, including Keeping up with the Kardashians and Cribs.
Leach leaves three sons behind at his marriage, which ended in a divorce.
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