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Ed McMahon Dies

6/23/2009 9:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ed McMahon Ed McMahon has passed away at 86.

He died at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in California this morning. McMahon was fighting a multitude of health problems, including cancer.

Someone connected with the family told us, "Ed was at peace because he got his business taken care of. He settled his lawsuit with Cedars and with the settlement he was able to take care of his family."

He is best known as Johnny Carson's sidekick on "The Tonight Show" and for his infamous catchphrase, "Heeeeeeeeeeere's Johnny!"

McMahon also hosted "Star Search" and "TV Bloopers And Practical Jokes" with Dick Clark.

He was a colonel in the United States Marines and a fighter pilot and served during the late 1940s and 1950s.

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Ed was one of the good guys and a true American hero!

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16.

Black Teef    

Good. Jerk.

1761 days ago
17.

Jezzy    

RIP, I'm sure he's happy to know he can't
take (what's left!) any money to heaven.

1761 days ago
18.

the end of the day    

rest in peace

1761 days ago
19.

ladyli1    

Oh NOW he's an American Hero! TMZ, you guys couldn't wait to rip him apart during his money troubles. You guys kill me.

1761 days ago
20.

springs    

Totally uncalled for #18!!
Show a little respect.
Rest in peace ED!!!

1761 days ago
21.

Keith    

Hypocrites, TMZ. You wouldn''t leave the poor guy alone when he was down on his luck during the sunset of his life.

1761 days ago
22.

chicagogal11    

Seriously,
They named a great medical center after Ronald Reagan
A president who was anti stem cell research- and anti aids research.

1761 days ago
23.

DaJuice    

I wonder if this will affect my chances of already winning One Million Dollars?!?!?!?

1761 days ago
24.

JimmyD    

Hey God! Heeeeeeeeeer's ED!! R.I.P. dear friend.

Hey #18 - you are a TOTAL LOSER! Show a little respect and class. I forgot you don't know the meaning of either.

1761 days ago
25.

Whadda-Do    

He seemed like a good guy. To me, he came off as being not too intelligent but yet, he was a freakin' Colonel in the Marines and a fighter pilot?!?! It's too bad he had to go through all that he did toward the end. That jerk Jerry Lewis should have stepped in and helped him out more for all the help Ed gave him through the years on the MDA telethons.

1761 days ago
26.

PEPSI Generation    

A PRO at flying under any radar system.

1761 days ago
27.

Allie    

Great guy....he will be missed

1761 days ago
28.

Bex    

What will happen to his poor wife since he mismanaged his money so badly?

1761 days ago
29.

Milton Holloway    

I met him once in the mid-70's and he was so nice. This is sad news, RIP, Ed.

1761 days ago
30.

rollee    

Ed McMahon was a true professional. Probably the best example of that was the infamous Alpo dog commercial that Johnny Carson was doing on the Tonight Show, when the dog that was supposed to come on and eat the Alpo, wasn't being cooperative. So, all of a sudden, Ed McMahon comes crawling in on all four's, pretends to eat the dog food from the bowl, and then, licks Johnny's leg, and "snuggles" up to him as a dog probably would. It was great live TV, and probably made for a better Alpo commercial than if the real dog had shown up, as it got played over and over again. I'll also always remember Ed's famous yell, "Hoooo"! Great Guy...

1761 days ago
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