Friday, April 12, 2024

Robin Leach, Bon Vivant, Columnist, Host of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, Dead at 76


May I tell you something? Robin Leach was a great guy. Despite the pompous TV persona, he was so much fun and a very good friend. He would do anything for you. I am sad to read that he has died at age 76. I didn’t know he’d had a stroke last November.

Las Vegas columnist John Katsilometes reported Robin’s death on Twitter.

“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.

Statement from #RobinLeach family: “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. More from #RobinLeach family: “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.”

Robin captured the gestalt of the crazy 1980s with his tag line “Champagne wishes and caviar dreams.” He understood the “Dynasty” era, the Donald Trump era, of gross and excess wealth. He just loved all of it, and knew that the aspirational quality of his show would draw fans.

He was also a family man, and had three stepsons who he doted on.

Robin, we will have a Champagne toast to you today! God speed! You will really be missed.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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