Huell Howser Dies At 67
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Huell Howser, longtime host of the public television show California's Gold, has died, our sister publication OC Weekly reports.
Howser retired from broadcasting unexpectedly last year. He produced the show at facilities at L.A. station KCET.
According to OC Weekly ...
The news will come as a shock to his legions of fans, all who were puzzled when Howser announced his retirement late last year ...
His show was a folksy look behind the scenes at some of the icons of the California landscape, from farms to beaches, hot dog stands to museums.
The beloved personality died at the age of 67.
[Added at 12:55 p.m.]: KPCC (89.3 FM) also confirmed Howser's passing and published this brief bio snippet from his own website:
Huell Howser moved to Los Angeles in 1981 from his home state of Tennessee to become a reporter for KCBS-TV in Los Angeles, he had no idea he'd fall in love...with California. His enthusiasm for his new home inspired the idea for the television series that started it all, California's Gold. Huell had a simple idea: if he traveled the state with an open heart and an open mind, a microphone and a camera, he would uncover a treasure of California stories.
We spoke to Howser last year and one thing that stood out from our conversation was his pride over having produced California's Gold himself. He raised his own funds from viewers (and, apparently, some underwriters) for the endeavor, he told us.
[Update at 1:17 p.m.]: KCET director of communications Ariel Carpenter told LA Weekly that Howser died of natural causes
last night overnight.
She said the KCET "SoCal Connected" would honor Howswer with a segment tonight (at 5:30 p.m., with a rebroadcast at 10 p.m.).
Past episodes of California's Gold would be continue to be broadcast on KCET, Carpenter said.
The station invited viewers to post about him on its site.