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Huell Howser

PBS personality, and California tv icon, Huell Howser surprised fans by saying he was retiring in late 2012.

A close friend confirmed to FOX40 in January the Howser had passed away.

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01/07/13

Huell Howser, from PBS fame, has Died

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Huell Howser at the Golden Gate Bridge
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LOS ANGELES-

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”.

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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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Huell Howser among some California poppies.
Courtesy: Cameron Tucker

Huell Howser, the longtime public television personality and host of California’s Gold, is reportedly retiring.

KVIE notes that Howser’s programs will continue to air, but he will no longer be making any new programs. California’s Gold has been running for 19 years.

A Marine Corps veteran, Howser’s television career started in his home-state of Tennessee. He then moved to California in 1981 to be a reporter at the Los Angeles station KCBS. Eventually, he ended up at KCET where he would produce a show named Videolog that evolved into California’s Gold – a show celebrating the nature, history and culture of California.

Howser has since appeared in numerous other programs owing to his public television persona – including two episodes of the Simpsons, Winnie the Pooh, and the film “Who Killed the Electric Car?”

Huell Howser (from Howser’s Facebook page)

“KVIE is proud of the work Huell has done as one of California’s finest ambassadors and KVIE will continue to air the series. He’s looking forward to some much deserved rest and relaxation. We’ll be honored if he does it here in California,” wrote KVIE President and General Manager David Lowe in a statement.

Full episodes of California’s Gold are available on iTunes for free– https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/californias-gold-cape-mendocino/id201775955?i=108081338

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