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”.
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.”
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