Richard Dawson Dead at 79

gleet

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Richard Dawson, the legendary host of "Family Feud," has died from complications due to esophageal cancer ... this according to his son.

Gary Dawson posted a Facebook message early this morning that read:

"It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you that my father passed away this evening from complications due to esophageal cancer. He was surrounded by his family. He was an amazing talent, a loving husband, a great dad, and a doting grandfather. He will be missed but always remembered..."

Dawson hosted "Feud" from 1976-1985, and then from 1994-1995. He was also famous for being a regular on "The Match Game" and for appearing in the classic Arnold Schwarzenegger action film "The Running Man." One of his biggest roles -- Dawson played Capt. Peter Newkirk on "Hogan's Heros," a wildly popular show in the 60's.

Dawson was married to Gretchen Johnson ... interesting fact -- he met her when she was part of a contestant family on The Feud and got hitched in 1991. Dawson was famous during the first run of the show for kissing all the female contestants -- he was known as "The Kissing Bandit." But in the second run, he kissed no one -- a promise he made to Gretchen.

Prior to Gretchen, Dawson was married to Diana Dors, a sex symbol back in the day. They had 2 sons.
http://www.tmz.com/2012/06/03/richard-dawson-dead-family-feud-host/
 

fletcher

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God needed someone at the podium.

God needed someone to kiss all the pretty ladies.

Ill let Op use either of those for a nominal fee.
 

mikeybot

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God needed someone at the podium.

God needed someone to kiss all the pretty ladies.

Ill let Op use either of those for a nominal fee.
God needed a drunk game show host
 

Konstantin K

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Too bad it wasn't Steve Harvey instead. RIP, bro.
 

JoeyDVDZ

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Aug 20, 2004
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One hundred people surveyed, top one answer on the board: Which gameshow host did God decide he needed this weekend?

Richard Dawson!


ah-boooo.
 

UnOriginal

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Of the 100 people we surveyed, none of them will hear from him again!
 

LiddyRules

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Richard Dawson, the legendary host of "Family Feud," has died from complications due to esophageal cancer ... this according to his son.
Is the author doubting the official story?
 

Psychopath

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Jim jinxed him by asking if he ws alive the other day on the show. Nice job killing a hero, Jimmy.
 

Party Rooster

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Is it wrong that I thought he had died several years ago.
I was at my parents house a few months ago and his name came up and I was shocked he was still alive too. His Match Game play was flawless and always thought he was definitely the best Family Feud guy. RIP Richard...