US-based entertainment reporter Robin Leach, best known for Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, has died, aged 76.
He died in Las Vegas after being hospice care since November following a stroke. He suffered a second stroke on Monday.
“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.,” the family said in a statement. “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.”
British born Leach began covering entertainment as a teenager in the UK. He joined Entertainment Tonight in 1981 until 1984. That led to his hosting role on lavish series Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, from 1984 to 1995, documenting over-the-top lifestyles of celebrities.
He also reported for TEN’s Good Morning Australia.
Leach’s distinctive British accent (described as Cockney mixed with Manchester) led to him being parodied and immortalised in songs, animation and television.
His other TV appearances included guest shots on Roseanne, Boy Meets World, Thirtysomething, The Guiding Light, The Love Boat, Hollywood Squares, I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, The Surreal Life: Fame Games, and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?