Huell Howser, from PBS fame, has Died

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Huell Howser at the Golden Gate Bridge
Courtesy: Huell Howser Productions


California tv icon Huell Howser has passed away.

The 67-year-old died Sunday night at his Los Angeles area home. A close friend of Howser’s tells FOX40 he died of natural causes.

More information about his death, and any sort of memorial plans will be released soon.

Howser  surprised fans last year when he suddenly announced he was retiring from his long-running California’s Gold show.

He moved to California in 1981 to be a reporter at the Los Angeles station KCBS, then later he transitioned to more long-form pieces for PBS. He hosted California’s Gold for 19 years.

The show took him to nearly every nook and cranny around California; interview subjects were often interrupted by Howser’s enthusiastic outbursts including “That’s amazing” or “Oh my gosh”.


Huell Howser among some California poppies.
Courtesy: Cameron Tucker

Sacramento PBS station, KVIE, posted this statement on their Facebook page, “California has been blessed to have him as its unofficial ambassador, and he saw stories where others might miss them. It wasn’t always about the destination. It was about the people of California who share a love of the state. We share this video with you as a tribute to this amazing individual.”

What was your favorite Huell Howser episode? Share your favorites in our comments section below.

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  • wallaceprojects

    I loved watching your show Thursdays & Saturday’s. I learned so much about California history and places I never heard of. It made me proud to be a Californian. Even my little ones loved repeating your famous tagline “Oh my gosh”. Thank you for bringing California Gold into our homes and communities. You will be greatly missed.

  • advidhiker

    I will definitely miss Huell Howser, and I truly believe that California is indebted to him for informing us of so…many places in California to visit and keeping the business here in our State. I have visited several of these places due to Huell Howser and taking others with me allowing us to create our "life time memories". May God Bless those of you who worked closely with him and personally knew him. Thank You KVIE!