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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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I loved his show. I live in California and have visited many of the places he went to. His perspective and humor, and the tactful way he had of shutting people up to keep the show moving along was always a joy to watch. RIP, Mr. Howser and thanks for reminding people that California is much, much more than just Los Angeles, Hollywood, or San Francisco. My condolences to his family and other loved ones.

618 days ago


Huell, California is a better place because of you and will not be the same without you. You were truly AMAZING and will be missed by all... You were truly California's Gold! Rest in Peace, Huell... Rest in Peace.

618 days ago


Oh no! If anyone deserved to have a nice retirement it was Huell.

618 days ago


Truly a great man, all positive comments. How often do you get those only on TMZ comments?

618 days ago


when I heard he was retiring . I researched him and realized he was gay ,that is apparently no great secret. if he did die from aids ,I wish he would have owned it. we all lost a friend. wish I MET YOU OL FRIEND.

618 days ago


This is very sad news.
I will always remember him has a happy person and saying That's Amazing.

618 days ago


Gonna miss Huell. He brought a lot of California's unseen locations to us. RIP my friend. Glad I got to meet you.

618 days ago


I love Huell Howser. What a great gig he had. His way of always seeing good in the things we see as mundane was so cool. The way he would say, "Oh my gosh!", at the simplest things was great. I learned a lot about this state from Californias Gold and Visiting with Huell Howser.and even last night learned why stage coaches are called what they are. (The stops were called stages, and they road in coach's). Not something I can use in life, but interesting still. RIP Huell. You will be missed.

618 days ago


Adam Carrolla & Dana Gould are going to be upset..

618 days ago


He was the perfect host for Cal.'s Gold. He had a child- like enthusiasm that was very endearing. A very charming man. I offer my heartfelt sympathy to his loved ones. He will surely be missed by many.

618 days ago


Why is that when public figures die mysteriously and relatively young it's often listed as natural causes? Say what?

618 days ago


Moral of the story: Don't Retire.

618 days ago


Is it true that he was a fudge packer? If so, was it HIV that got him in the end?

618 days ago

LA Native    

For those of you who might be reading this far, please google this man and watch him. You will be better for it, he was a true gem and will be sorely missed by millions of Californians, even if he was not a native he was a true Californian in everyones eyes.

618 days ago


R.I.P. Huell Howser.

Total classy guy. And always enjoyed his shows.

Wonder what the cause was. Clearly he was sick.

618 days ago
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