How did Robin Leach die? Robin Leach, bon vivant and host of the 1980s show Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous has died. He was 76 years old. The news was released by his colleague at the Las Vegas Review Journal John Katsilometes. He tweeted the news out on Friday, August 24th. According to Katsilometes, Leach passed in the middle of the night. He had been hospitalized since last November after suffering a stroke while visiting Cabo San Lucas. How did Robin Leach die? More importantly, how did he live? Leach was famous for enjoying life to the fullest. Let's take a look at the details we know so far.
1. He'd been in poor health
John Katsilometes, a columnist that worked with Robin Leach at the Las Vegas Review Journal tweeted: “Sad to report the death of famed celeb reporter, friend and colleague #RobinLeach @ 1:50 a.m. in #LasVegas. He would have been 77 Wednesday. He suffered a second stroke Monday. He in hospice care. He’d been hospitalized since Nov. 21, after suffering a stroke in Cabo San Lucas.” Leach had been hospitalized since that stroke last year.
2. Statement from the family
On Friday morning, Leach's family released a statement. “Despite the past 10 months, what a beautiful life he had. Our Dad, Grandpa, Brother, Uncle and friend Robin Leach passed away peacefully last night at 1:50 a.m. Everyone’s support and love over the past, almost one year, has been incredible and we are so grateful. Memorial arrangements to follow. With love, Steven, Gregg and Rick Leach."
3. Champagne wishes and caviar dreams
Leach was best known for the syndicated TV show Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. The show ran from 1984 to 1995. In it, Leach took his viewers inside the lives of the wealthy. The show featured the homes and extravagant lifestyles of wealthy entertainers, business tycoons, and athletes. Leach ended each episode with a wish for his viewers that became his signature catch phrase, "champagne wishes and caviar dreams." The show made Leach rich and famous. He had cameo appearances in a number of movies and TV shows.
4. His life and career
Leach began (and ended) his career in newspapers. He wrote for People, Ladies Home Journal, the New York Daily News, and the Daily Mail, among others. He was born in London and moved to the U.S. in 1963 and took a job as an editor at Star, the tabloid owned by Rupert Murdoch. Leach was also instrumental in the creation of Entertainment Tonight. Leach also hosted the 2007 VH1 show, The Surreal Life: Fame Games. Since 2016, he had been a columnist at the Las Vegas Review Journal.
5. How did he die?
According to a tweet sent out by Katsilometes, Leach suffered a second stroke that led to his death.
6. Bon vivant
Leach's friend Mark Fleischman, former night club owner and author of the tell all memoir Inside Studio 54, remembers Leach fondly and shared this story with YourTango about the days when Leach was a regular at Fleischman's nightclub Tatou. "There were also very late-night decadent scenes reminiscent of the nights at Studio 54 with Robin Leach drinking champagne from a woman’s high heeled shoe and having crème brulee fed to him in some very unique ways by an ever-changing collection of bombshell blondes and brunettes while he was lounging on a couch behind a low cocktail table in a dark alcove. The girls would bend over and anybody who spotted the tastes of temptation found Robin laughing, wiping the cream off his face."
7. Famous friends
When the news of Leach's death broke, famous friends took to social media to pay tribute to their friend. Motley Crue's Vince Neil wrote, "So sad to hear about my long time friend Robin Leach‘s passing. He was an amazing person. He’s going to be missed by me and thousands more worldwide. RIP brother."
So sad to hear about my long time friend Robin Leach‘s passing. He was an amazing person. He’s going to be missed by me and thousands more worldwide. RIP brother. pic.twitter.com/Aje8Iac0Cq
— Vince Neil (@thevinceneil) August 24, 2018
8. A character
In 1990, Leach was at the height of his fame and success with Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. In an interview with the New York Times, he spoke about the character he was when hosting the show. "The cartoon character, that's not who Robin Leach is. And when I wake up in the morning, I wink at myself because I like me — I know who I am. And when it's time to send the cartoon character off, I just send him on his way."
9. A good life
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter in 2016, Leach said, "It's been a good life, and it's always been a good life. I have been rewarded very nicely."
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