Huell Howser Dead at 67

The Tennessee native and Coachella Valley resident died this morning, according to Riverside County officials.

Longtime Southern California television host Huell Howser, who used his folksy interviewing style to introduce viewers to little- known Golden State locales and the state's unique residents, died today at age 67.

Howser died in Palm Springs at 2:35 a.m. of natural causes, according to the Riverside County Coroner's Office.

Howser was best known for hosting the public-broadcasting series "California's Gold," which ran for 19 years.

Did you know Huell or enjoy watching him? Let us know in the comments.

He started his television career at WSM in Nashville after graduating from the University of Tennessee, working for a United States senator and serving in the Marine Corps. He hosted a magazine-style series at WCBS in New York City before moving to Los Angeles in 1981 to work as a reporter for CBS2, according to his website.

He joined public television station KCET in 1987 to produce "Videolog," short programs featuring people's unique stories. The series later expanded to people and places throughout California.

Howser quietly retired from "California Gold" late last year, amid rumors about his failing health. His assistant, Ryan Morris, told the Los Angeles Times in November that Howser was retiring from filming new shows, saying he "is just trying to get away from television and enjoy some free time."

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Butch Cole January 08, 2013 at 12:13 AM
Very sad. I very much enjoyed California Gold. Many times I was able to just jump in the car and go visit and interesting place he visited. What a shame that he would leave us and such a young age. RIP, my friend.
Brent Lotspeich January 08, 2013 at 01:31 AM
I'm bummed. I hadn't heard that he was sick and 67 is 'way too young. I love his shows and regret that there won't be more coming. Regards to his family and friends.
Carol Daniels January 08, 2013 at 03:56 AM
Oh no! I'll miss watching Huell's TV show. Mr Howser always appeared upbeat and he came across genuinely interested in his subjects and gave respect to his interviewees. I learned so much about California from his programs. May he rest in peace. My sincere condolences to his family.
Chuck January 08, 2013 at 04:05 AM
The first time I saw Huell Howser and his show, I thought he was a goofball especially with his accent and semi Gomer Pyle like personality. But then I grew to love the show and looked forward to it every time, because here was a guy, a non native of California, who loves and appreciates this state more than anyone else. I liked the fact that he explored the remote, obscure parts of the State and encouraged everyone to visit those places. I hope his show can go on, in some form. Rest in peace, Huell.


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