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'Family Feud' TV Host Richard Dawson Dies at 79

Sunday, June 3, 2012

'Family Feud'  TV Host Richard Dawson Dies at 79 - Richard Dawson, the longtime "Family Feud" game-show host and "Hogan's Heroes" actor, has died in l.  a.  . He was 79.

His son, Gary Dawson, announced his death via Facebook.

"It is with a awfully significant heart that I inform you that my father died [Saturday] evening from complications because of esophageal cancer. He was surrounded by his family. He was an incredible talent, a loving husband, a good dad and a doting grandfather. He are going to be missed however continually remembered," Gary Dawson wrote.

Richard Dawson was born in England on Nov. 20, 1932. He was maybe best known for hosting "Family Feud for 9 years within the Nineteen Seventies and Eighties and except shortly within the Nineties.

According to the Associated Press, the audience gave him a standing ovation throughout his final show.

"Please sit down. I actually have to try to to a minimum of half-hour of fun and laughter and you create me wish to cry," Dawson said at the time. "I've had the foremost unimaginable luck in my career. I never dreamed i might have employment within which such a large amount of folks may bit me and that i may bit them."

The Times can have a full obituary later Sunday.

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