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Huell Howser, host of public television programs, has died, says KCET – San Jose Mercury News

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Iconic TV host Huell Howser has died, according to KCET.

Howser, who hosted several public television programs including California’s Gold, was 67.

He died Sunday night of natural causes, said Ayn Allen, communication manager for KCET, which produces California’s Gold. She said Howser’s death was “a complete surprise,” and the station was planning a special to celebrate his life on SoCal Connected at 5:30 p.m.

“This is a tremendous personal and professional loss to his friends and colleagues, as well as his legions of fans,” the station said in an emailed statement. ” “Huell elevated the simple joys and undiscovered nuggets of living in our great state. He made the magnificence and power of nature seem accessible by bringing it into our living rooms. Most importantly, he reminded us to find the magic and wonderment in our lives every day.”

The statement applauds Howser for bringing attention to previously obscure parts of the state and showing the wonder of them.

“From pastrami sandwiches and artwork woven from lint to the exoticism of cactus gardens and the splendor of Yosemite–he brought us the magic, the humor and poignancy of our region,” the statement says. “We will miss him very much.”

He retired in November, amid speculation that he might be ill, but he didn’t provide details at that time.

Howser moved to Los Angeles in 1991 from his native Tennessee, according to his website, Huell Howser Productions.

His most well-known show, started in 1991, was based on the premise that traveling the state with “an open mike an an open mind” would reveal many treasures in the state that people would want to see.

via Huell Howser, host of public television programs, has died, says KCET – San Jose Mercury News.

I considered Huell a personal friend. I will miss him and his unique sense of humor. 29 Palms especially has lost a vocal supporter of our town. We owe Huell Howser much in making 29 a tourist destination…. Thanks Huell and we will miss you…

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  1. Steve Spear Steve Spear says:

    I can also say this a sad loss for our community. His show was top notch.

    He did much for California and 29 Palms.

    Rest well.

  2. Huell defined California. This is a sad loss.

  3. Dan OBrien Dan OBrien says:

    Howser’s ability to find the one story in every town that was interesting to all was not his ability to define California but his ability to use the camera as a divining rod. It led him to explore California’s possibilities.

    His life effort has made us all Better People.

  4. Paparrazi Paparrazi says:

    He made 2 episodes in Lake Arrowhead, the last one he explored the underground tunnels that many locals were unaware of. His personality was genuine and the enthusiasm he had made all who followed his program feel as if they were his facebook friends.

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