Huell Howser, who showcased the sites of California, including small towns and off-the-beaten-path locations, in his public television show “California’s Gold” died at his home in Palm Springs Monday, according to OC Weekly. He was 67.
Amid rumors about his failing health, Howser's retirement was announced in November. Howser's assistant confirmed to the Los Angeles Times that Howser is "retiring from filming new shows or making appearances (or interviews) but the show will continue to air in reruns for awhile."
"California's Gold" ran for 19 years, according to the website. The show was an ode to the people, places and landmarks that made California unique. Howser's interviewing style and outbursts ("This is amazing!"), and its low-maintenance production style, made the show memorable.
A native of Tennessee, Howser moved to California in 1981 to work as a reporter for KCBS-TV in L.A, according to his website. In 1987, he began to produce "Videolog" on KCET, which profiled people and local stories. The show later took on a California focus.
Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl posted his sympathies on his Facebook page Monday: "My deepest sympathy goes to my colleague Huell Howser. A true expression of integrity and a dear friend -- he will be greatly missed. I will now pray to him for strength as we continue our journey. God bless you, Huell."
Gustavo Arellano, editor of OCWeekly and author of several books, also posted: "RIP to one of the greatest Californians ever..."
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This article was compiled with information from City News Service.