We are saddened to report that the host of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” Robin Leach died Thursday night, according to John Katsilometes at the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He was 76 years old.
Leach had been hospitalized since November after having a stroke while in Cabo San Lucas. He reportedly suffered another stroke on Monday.
“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.,” Leach’s family told Katsilometes 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. With love, Steven, Gregg and Rick Leach.”
Leach, who lovingly signed off each episode of his show with his signature catchphrase of “Champagne wishes and caviar dreams,” died just days before of what would have been his 77 birthday, FOX News reports.
The famed journalist moved to Las Vegas in the late ’90s and spent two decades there covering celebrity events for multiple outlets.
“I wanted no other job than to work in newspapers,” he told The Sun in 2011. “I was fascinated by the process of collecting information, talking to people and having the story appear in a paper that would be delivered in your letterbox.”
The British-born personality worked for various publications like People magazine, The New York Daily News and The Daily Mail before landing his big break in 1984 with “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.”
The syndicated show ran from 1984 to 1995.
YouTube video courtesy of CBS Los Angeles
“The more eye-popping and outrageous, the better,” Leach told Askmen.com of his show. “We wanted to make your mouth drop. That was the main effect. One picture was worth a thousand words, so if you had more pictures, the less you would have to say.”
We send our thoughts and prayers out to his family and friends.
Rest in peace brother and thanks for the memories.