Robin Leach Dies; Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous Host Was 76
Robin Leach, the former host of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, died on Thursday evening in Las Vegas.
He was 76 years old.
Leach had been hospitalized since he suffered a stroke last November in Cabo San Lucas.
According to his colleague at The Las Vegas Review Journal, John Katsilometes, Leach has been under hospice care since suffering another stroke on Monday.
Based on a statement from Leach’s family, it sounds as if the ex-television personality had been suffering greatly, or had at least not been remotely himself, ever since the aforementioned first stroke.
This is what today’s statement reads:
“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.
“Everyone’s support and love over the past, almost one year, has been incredible and we are so grateful. Memorial arrangements to follow.
“With love, Steven, Gregg and Rick Leach.”
Leach was known for his work as journalist before launching and hosted Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous 1984.
It aired until 1995 and it gave viewers a sneak peek into the lives of wealthy entertainers, athletes and CEOs.
This was prior to social media and also prior to programs such as MTV’s Cribs. It was really the first show of its kind, offering a glimpse into the homes, boats, cars, etc. of celebrities and moguls around the globe.
Along with this gig, Leach wrote for several notable publications, including the Daily Mail, New York Daily News and The Star.
Tweeted Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman upon learning that Leach had passed away:
“Now an eternity of champagne and caviar. We’ve lost a dear, dear friend and a wonderful man. Rest in peace Robin Leach.”
Champagne wishes and caviar dreams, it should be noted, was Leach’s often-used catchphrase on Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.
The late British star also hosted Lifestyles spinoff Fame, Fortune and Romance and The Surreal Life: Fame Games on VH1.
The latter show featured 10 celebrities – including Vanilla Ice, Chyna, Verne Troyer, Ron Jeremy and Brigitte Nielsen – competing in a series of games for $ 100,000.
Toward the end of his life, Leach was writing for the Las Vegas Review-Journal as a celebrity and lifestyle columnist.
“I look at it as a challenge. It’s another [opportunity] to make something out of thin air. I’ll work as many hours as necessary. I’ve never shied away from hard work,” Leach told The Hollywood Reporter in 2016, adding at the time:
“When there is an opportunity to do better at what you’ve been doing with new tools at your disposal, that becomes really exciting.”
Leach most recently appeared on an episode of VICELAND’s “Most Expensivest” where 2 Chainz jetted to Vegas to sip champagne and eat caviar with Robin.
May Robin Leach rest in peace.