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Las Vegas Gossip Columnist Robin Leach Dead at Age 76

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The “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” host led a storied career

Robin Leach
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HENDERSON — Las Vegas gossip columnist Robin Leach, perhaps best known for his work on TV’s Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, died on Thursday night at age 76. The longtime reporter suffered a stroke in Cabo San Lucas last November.

Leach joined the Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2016 as an entertainment columnist. His former co-worker columnist John Katsilometes tweeted: “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.”

Leach’s family issued a statement: “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.,” said the family in a statement. “Everyone’s support and love over the past, almost one year, has been incredible and we are so grateful. Memorial arrangements to follow.”

The early investor in the Food Network known for his “champagne wishes and caviar dreams” sign off really jumped to fame with Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, which aired in syndication from 1984 to 1995. Over his storied career, he appeared in films such as She-Devil with Meryl Streep and Roseanne Barr, and Free Money as well as on TV programs including Hotel and A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Lethal Lifestyle.

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