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KTLA Entertainment reporter was 64

Sam Rubin, a popular entertainment reporter on KTLA since 1991, died Friday. He was 64 years old.

A source close to the station confirmed that Rubin died at his home of a heart attack after broadcasting his regular reports from Hollywood on KTLA’s 7-9 a.m. “Morning News” show Friday.

Rubin was a fixture in Hollywood and enjoyed rare longevity with a single station throughout his career. On camera, Rubin was always pleasant and warm, often talking about his off-air activities with his wife and four children. Chatting with Rubin live on KTLA has long been a staple of any publicity tour for stars of movies, TV shows, concert tours and all things entertainment.

Perry Sook, president and CEO of Nexstar, called the presenter an “icon” for the region and the industry.

“Sam was an icon in Los Angeles and the entertainment industry and he was a beloved member of our Nexstar Nation. My prayers are with his family and the KTLA family as we mourn his passing. We will miss him,” Sook said in a statement.

As an anchor and reporter in Hollywood’s backyard, Rubin also covered the inner workings of Hollywood, usually offering a fan’s “gee whiz” perspective on the machinations of studios and networks and the excesses of the rich and famous.

“I feel like everyone is going to feel like they’ve lost a family friend,” publicist Jamie Gruttemeyer Symonds said in response to news of Rubin’s death.

In addition to his work as an anchor, Rubin’s television production company, SRE, Inc., has produced more than 200 hours of broadcast and cable programming, including red carpet shows “Live From” and 120 episodes of the talk show show “Hollywood Uncensored”.

In the mid-1990s, Rubin teamed with her crosstown rival, KTTV entertainment reporter Dorothy Lucey, as hosts of the short-lived syndicated daytime talk show “Sam & Dorothy.”

Rubin has received a Golden Mic Award, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Southern California Broadcasters Association, and the Los Angeles Press Club’s Best Entertainment Reporter Award.

According to his KTLA biography, he has supported several organizations, including the MS 150 Bay to Bike Tour, and supports Los Angeles schools and literacy programs.

A graduate of Occidental College, he is survived by his wife and four children.

Here’s a clip of Rubin conducting a recent interview with actress Jane Seymour.

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News Source : variety.com

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