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Huell Howser

'California's Gold' Host

Dead at 67

1/7/2013 12:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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L.A. TV icon Huell Howser -- best known for hosting the wildly popular travel show  "California's Gold" on KCET -- has passed away at age 67. 

A rep for KCET tells TMZ, Howser died in his Palm Springs home early Monday morning of natural causes ... details surrounding his death have not been released.

He hosted his Cali travel show for 18 seasons -- and only recently retired in November after completing over 440 episodes.

Fun fact: Howser also appeared on two episodes of "The Simpsons" ... Matt Groening was a huge fan.

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bernergirl    

He has the same smile as Charlie Sheen.

549 days ago
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cc    

That's so sad. I interned for him while he was at KCBS (and I was a student at UCLA). A truly nice guy.

549 days ago
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Stacy    

My condolences to the family. I didn't ever watch the show.

549 days ago
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willard    

"That's Amazing" I'm sad his time has passed, I will always remember him has a happy person. By the way making a weed a villain, not cool....wilard

549 days ago
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monie roche    

a great guy...kind, friendly, a great laugh, interesting...he could get excited watching an ant cross the street...child-like wonder he had...watching his shows taught you everything about los angeles and california...met him once shopping and insisted i go before him...what a loss, but we will have his shows on pbs...

549 days ago
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Red Lily    

I will miss Huell's down-home folksy interview style. I true Los Angeles/CA public television icon.

549 days ago
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will    

Southern California, lost a true T.V. icon.. He took Ralph Story's place from back in the day place and went to a different level.

549 days ago
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Christopher    

Loved all of his work including Video Log, California's Gold, and Visiting with Huell Howser. You will be greatly missed.

549 days ago
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YouDontSay    

I absolutely have enjoyed all his shows. He was a kind a funny man. A big loss.

549 days ago
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Stinkythechimp    

Huell's quaint, folksy charm and his enthusiasm for everything California made California's Gold a great show. RIP Huell you will be missed.

549 days ago
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the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

I loved that show. Good journey, Mr. Howser.

549 days ago
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Twiz    

RIP but seriously, no one outside of Cali knows who he is. On a slow news day gonna post the death of any state icon??

549 days ago
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eicarr     

NOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! No matter where he's at I'll watch any episode of his show. He could make a port-a-pottie sound like the coolest place on earth. I'm all bummed out now. :(

549 days ago
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LBputzer    

Details will be released, but I doubt Huell died of 'natural causes'. The inside story amongst those that know him was that he was terminally ill---which is why he announced his retirement 2 months ago. I suppose illnesses like cancer are considered 'natural' - -- but I would reserve this term for people that simply expire unexpectedly--with no known condition.

A unique LA treasure--he will be missed. Kind of sad he never came out publicly--spent many years in the Marine Corps--would've been a great spokesman against "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

549 days ago
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bob    

Sad . He was the BEST at what he did. RIP.
I laughed and laughed the day I heard his nickname in West Hollywood was "Coke Can"

549 days ago
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