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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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wasted days and wasted nights    

He was the quintessential yes-man side-kick and he set a good example for others in that role to follow. Everyone wants to be number one but not everyone can be. Ed was a great number two. He was loyal to Johnny, kept the spotlight on Johnny and was the consummate foil to Johnny. He was the town crier with the single most exciting line every night: "And now, heeeeeeeeerrrre's JOHNNY!"

1845 days ago
47.

JLT    

Johnny and Ed back together again. Heaven is smiling big time now. Thanks Ed for all the years of fun and laughter. You will be greatly missed at the MDA telethon

1845 days ago
48.

iLUVbutts    

nice dentures you old bastard

1845 days ago
49.

Jeff Dranetz    

Now, the crediors can go after his gold-digging, embezzling wife! The poor man was really taken to the cleaners by her. She took out loans on his property, then stashed the money. It is sad that this man had to worry about money in the last years of his life. Maybe he would have lived longer if he hadn't had the stress she caused.

1845 days ago
50.

jeff    

R.I.P. True American Hero

1845 days ago
51.

Jody    

Now sit back and watch the credit card companies, individual lawsuits, his 5 kids and that gold-digging wife all fight over whatever he has left.

1845 days ago
52.

The Jackson twenty five    

Fly like the wind Ed...keep an eye on this crazy place down here and help when you can. RIP.

1845 days ago
53.

dvcgurl@yahoo.com    

what thats sad rip ed u werwe a legend

1845 days ago
54.

Ziggy    

He was a good man, Glad he was able to settle things before he was gone. Thanks for all the laughs...RIP Ed.

Back at Johnny's Side I bet

1845 days ago
55.

DA BEARS GUY    

He had something to offer on the tonight show even though he did hitch his wagon to Johhny's star.
I enjoyed his part of that show.

Since Johnny left, the tonight show has been less than worth watching.

1845 days ago
56.

MarinesGirl    

RIP. My prayers are with his family.

Once a Marine, always a Marine!
Semper Fi, Ed.

1845 days ago
57.

Tricia    

R.I.P. Ed Thanks for all the laughs throughout the years!May you finally find the peace you deserve and give my son up there a laugh or two!

1845 days ago
58.

howie 123    

now his whore wife will have to find another old fart to leech off
this was the long term financial plan
to solve his money problems
did somebody check the mail today Ed might already be a winner
Say hi to Johnny

1845 days ago
59.

eabos    

Ed Mc Mahon was truly a piece of garbage! I know people who worked on one of his houses and Ed was very condensending and treated the people like crap! Today the world is a better day without him. It is amazing how far one can go by kissing somebody's but for years!

1845 days ago
60.

Emma K    

Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrrrrrrr's to ya Ed, rest in peace.

1845 days ago
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