Robin Leach, the veteran journalist remembered for his long-running stint as host of syndication’s “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” died Thursday night. He had been hospitalized since November after suffering a stroke in Cabo San Lucas.
Born August 29, 1941 in London, Leach at age 18 became the youngest “Page One” reporter for Britain’s the Daily Mail. In 1963, he immigrated to the United States and wrote for a number of publications (including the New York Daily News and People) before launching GO Magazine and becoming the show business editor of The Star.
From Wipekedia: Leach got his TV start as a regular contributor to AM Los Angeles, with Regis Philbin & Sarah Purcell on KABC-TV. Other television work included reporting for “People Tonight, ” on CNN and “Entertainment Tonight” and helping start “Good Morning Australia,” as well as the Food Network. His signature series, “LIfestyles of the Rich and Famous,” aired from 1984 to 1995.
In 1993, Leach hosted an exposé documentary of Madonna for Fox titled “Madonna Xposed.” And he hosted “Lifestyles” spinoff “Fame, Fortune and Romance.” More recently, he wrote for the Las Vegas Sun and the daily VegasDeluxe.com website from 2008 through June 2016.
“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.,” said the family 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.”
Rest in Peach, Mr. Leach. We will always remember those “champagne wishes and caviar dreams.”