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Ed Mcmahon Dead At Age 86

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Michael Rielly

Ed McMahon Dead at Age 86

NBC News

By Xana O'Neil

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

EXCERPT:

Ed McMahon, best known for his role as Johnny Carson's No. 2 on the "Tonight Show," died at a hospital in Los Angeles this morning, his agent said.

The 86-year-old TV personality and former late-night sidekick died this morning surrounded by his family at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in California, his agent Howard Bragman said.

McMahon had a "multiple of health problems the last few months," Bragman said, though he declined to name the entertainer's cause of death.

A person close to the TV personality told the Associated Press that he had bone cancer, among other ailments, and had been hospitalized for several weeks.

Earlier this year, McMahon had been hospitalized in intensive care with pneumonia and other illnesses.

The famous TV pitchman -- who is responsible for bringing the infamous "Heeeere's Johnny!" line into the pop culture lexicon -- has promoted a number of products through the years such as Budweiser, American Family Publishers' sweepstakes and, most recently, Cash4Gold.com in a self-deprecating Super Bowl commercial.

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He recently settled lawsuits against a hospital and doctors over difficulties stemming from the broken neck he suffered in fall of 2007. In 2002, he sued various insurance companies and contractors over mold in his house and collected a $7 million settlement.

Born in Los Angeles, McMahon grew up in Lowell, Massachusetts. During World War II, he was a Marine aviator, flight instructor and test pilot. Discharged in 1946, McMahon graduated from The Catholic University of America in 1949, and he began his television career at WCAU-TV in Philadelphia.

In the 1950s, he emceed the game shows "Missing Links," "Snap Judgment," "Concentration" and "Who Dunnit?" before returning to active duty in the Korean War in 1953.

He remained in the Marine Corps Reserve, retiring with the rank of Colonel in 1966 and was then commissioned as a Brigadier General in the California Air

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Cindylu

[I heard this sad new first thing this morning.

He was quite the entertainer in his own right and a genuinely good person.

In the last several years he did battle with the IRS who relentlessly pursued him

for back taxes as they do so many other 'stars'. I can't help but believe they

add a great deal of anxiety and grief uneccessarily to these stars in particular, and

the press is just brutal in their reporting, rarely giving 'both' sides of an issue.

I wish he had been able to live out the rest of his life without such frustration that

he must have been feeling.

I'll miss him and hope he can now rest in peace, at last.

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Michael Rielly

When Ed arrived in Heaven, I wonder if Saint Peter said: Heeeere's Ed!

:D

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Santa-MD
When Ed arrived in Heaven, I wonder if Saint Peter said: Heeeere's Ed!

Mike, Ya beat me to it, though I was going to suggest that be Johnny's job; seems only fair...

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dvdguy

when we get to the other side we'll have the tonight show the way it was meant to be

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Santa Trever

Classic Johnny & Ed ~ Carnac!!

:sc_rofl:

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Santa JerryO
:candles: May Ed McMahon now rest in peace! The tonight show was never the same after Johnny and Ed left!

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Santa Everett

I remember Ed & Johnny from the 50's/60's on a daytime game show called "Who Do You Trust". It was one of my favorite shows and I hurried home from school to watch it.

May he finally rest in peace.

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Santa Johnny Boy

If you want to learn how to, "Ho Ho Ho", just like Santa, listen to Ed MacMahon's laugh.

He perfected it!

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Elf Without Jingles
If you want to learn how to, "Ho Ho Ho", just like Santa, listen to Ed MacMahon's laugh.

He perfected it!

Yeah, but Ed was much more than Johnny's sidekick. When Jerry Lewis needed a partner to help him host the MDA Labor Day Telethon, Ed was the first to answer the call. A statement from Jerry is expected soon at http://www.mda.org.

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Santa Stewart

Good Man!RIP Ed Mc Mahon you were the BEST! :innocent:

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Legendary Santa Claus
:candles: May Ed McMahon now rest in peace! The tonight show was never the same after Johnny and Ed left!

Amen!

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CharlestonNole
when we get to the other side we'll have the tonight show the way it was meant to be

indeed!

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