Robin Leach, 76, who took everyday folks into the homes of celebrities on The Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, has died. The news of his death emerged today along with a report that he had been hospitalized for the last 10-months. Robin Leach died in the hospital, where he has been since he suffered a stroke in November.
Robin Leach was Household Name to Baby Boomers
Baby Boomers waited with baited breath to see where Robin Leach would take them week after week on his syndicated show. Furthermore, he never disappointed his faithful viewers. He could make even the most mundane interview seem exciting. The news that Robin Leach has died brought celebrities to the social media sites today.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 24, 2018
Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous allowed regular folks to peep into the lives of the world’s celebrities before the Internet became mainstream. According to CNN News, the show Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous aired from 1984 to 1995.
The Family of Robin Leach Releases Statement
Robin Leach died last night, according to a statement his family released today. That statement included:
“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 at 1:50 am. “Everyone’s support and love over the past, almost one year, has been incredible and we are so grateful.”
So sad to hear about the death of the wonderful broadcaster and media personality @Robin_Leach He was the life of the party and “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” was a great show that placed him indelibly in showbiz history. pic.twitter.com/LerPbekjxk
— Joan Collins (@Joancollinsdbe) August 24, 2018
‘Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous’ From 1980s – 1990s
The name Robin Leach was a household name back in the 1980s and 1990s as he visited homes of movie stars, television stars, celebrities, rock stars, and singers, along with just about anyone else who was famous. He shared his journey through the homes of these famous folks, along with getting some exclusive interviews from the well-known faces.
So sad to hear about my long time friend Robin Leach‘s passing. He was an amazing person. He’s going to be missed by me and thousands more worldwide. RIP brother. pic.twitter.com/Aje8Iac0Cq
— Vince Neil (@thevinceneil) August 24, 2018
Career Journey of a Great Celebrity
He started his career as a journalist at the Daily Mail. From there Leach wrote for People Magazine and the New York Daily News. He became the editor of Rupert Murdoch’s Star tabloid back in the early 1960s.
Entertainment Tonight was a venue he helped launch through Paramount Television before his famous show. He then co-created and hosted Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.
Deeply saddened to hear about #RobinLeach's passing. He was always supportive and went out of his way to be kind to me. I don't think I ever read a negative review from him. Rest in peace my friend. The Vegas family will miss you greatly. #RIPRobinLeach pic.twitter.com/boEftddcM8
— Donny Osmond (@donnyosmond) August 24, 2018
Lifestyles of the Rich and the Famous was created during a time before the online world existed in most homes. Other than magazines and a few specials on TV, regular folks didn’t get to see how the other half lived. Before the dawn of the Internet or its availability to the average home, there was Robin Leach.
‘Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous Precursor to MTV Cribs
He came on the air visiting the homes of celebrities across the world and he shared this with the folks at home. In 2,000 MTV Cribs did something similar with musicians homes, but Robin Leach was the man who coined the idea.
— Josh Billinson (@jbillinson) August 24, 2018
Robin Leach was a huge part of the entertainment world as he did more than just give people a glimpse of celebrities and their lifestyles. He was entertaining while he did this and folks loved him.
Celebrities have offered their condolences online today and offered up some memories they shared about Robin Leach. Some of these tweets appear throughout this article. The people at Soap Dirt extend their condolences to the family of Robin Leach.