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‘Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous’ host Leach dies

Nardine Saad
Los Angeles Times

Robin Leach, the veteran television host who titillated viewers with the rarefied perks of celebrity through “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous,” has died. He was 76.

The famed celebrity reporter died at 1:50 a.m. Friday after suffering a stroke on Monday while in hospice care in Las Vegas, his son Gregg Leach said by phone Friday.

Leach, who had been hospitalized after a stroke last November, was with family at the time of his death.

“Despite the past 10 months, what a beautiful life he had. Our Dad, Grandpa, Brother, Uncle and friend Robin Leach passed away peacefully last night at 1:50 a.m.,” family members Steven, Gregg and Rick Leach said in a statement to The Times.

“Everyone’s support and love over the past, almost one year, has been incredible and we are so grateful,” they added, saying memorial arrangements would follow.

The English star, who had been working as a columnist for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, made a name for himself stateside on the syndicated TV series from 1984 to 1995, always signing off with the catchphrase “Champagne wishes and caviar dreams.”

During its run, Leach rubbed elbows with the likes of Lana Turner, Adam West, Lynda Carter, Tony Bennett, Karl Lagerfeld, Duran Duran and Michael Jordan.

“There’s nothing wrong with being rich,” Leach told The Times in 2003. “Capitalism can do what governments can’t.”

“Now an eternity of champagne and caviar. We’ve lost a dear, dear friend and a wonderful man. Rest in peace Robin Leach,” Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman said on Twitter.

Leach is survived by his sons and several grandchildren.