Hollywood has lost an icon.
Bob Barkerthe longest-serving host of the popular game show The price is rightdied of natural causes at the age of 99 at his home in Hollywood Hills, it was announced on August 26.
His representative, Roger Nealsaid in a statement to NBC News, “It is with profound sadness that we announce that the greatest MC the world has ever lived, Bob Barker, has left us.”
Nancy Burnetta longtime friend of the late Emmy winner and animal activist, said in a statement provided by Neal, “I am so proud of the pioneering work that Barker and I have done together to expose cruelty to animals in the entertainment industry and especially working to improve the lot of abused and exploited animals in the United States and around the world. We have been great friends for those 40 years. He will be missed.
A U.S. Navy veteran with a background in broadcasting, Barker got his big break in Hollywood in 1956, nearly seven years after moving to California with his wife. Dorothy Jo Gideon to advance his radio career.