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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James Gale January 07, 2013 at 10:32 PM
So sorry to hear this. I loved his California Gold.
Guy McCarthy January 08, 2013 at 12:36 AM
Here is a typical Huell Howser story, recalled by Jennifer Reynolds of San Bernardino County Museum in Redlands: http://patch.com/A-0TbP
Lorraine Pozniak January 08, 2013 at 07:32 PM
I loved watching Huell Howser's shows, in fact, I just caught the tail-end of one a day before he died. I moved to California in 1999 & learned all about the Golden State, thanks to Mr. Howser. I especially remember his initial visit to Broguiere's Dairy, and I even have the milk bottle that commemorates it. Mr. Howser will be missed...


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