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Robin Leach, host of 'Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous, dead at 76

August 24, 2018 - 12:29 pm

By David Caplan

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Robin Leach, the iconic host of "The Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," has died. He was 76.

The British-born journalist died Thursday night in Las Vegas.

He had been hospitalized since Nov. 21 after suffering a stroke in Mexico, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, where he worked as a columnist.

Colleague John Katsilpmetes tweeted news of his death, writing, "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."

A statement from the Leach family read, "Despire 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. 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."