Game show host Bob Barker, best known for hosting ‘The Price Is Right,’ has died at 99. What was his cause of death? Here’s what we know.
With a mix of deep sadness and respect, his representative shared: “It is with profound sadness that we announce that the World’s Greatest MC who ever lived, Bob Barker has left us.”
Barker’s life journey came to a peaceful close in his Los Angeles residence on a Saturday morning, attributed to “natural causes,” as reported by TMZ.
In January 2019, he sustained an injury in his Hollywood Hills home due to a fall, necessitating paramedic attention but no subsequent hospitalization.
His battle with severe back pain in the preceding year led to two hospital stays in a month, but he rebounded with the care of medical professionals.
On his 99th birthday, Bob’s longtime girlfriend Nancy Burnet revealed to Fox News Digital that he was in “very good health for his age” and only taking one prescription medication. She said, “And his health care or anyone who comes in to see him, they’ll say, ‘Well, we’d like a list of his medications.'”
“I’ll say, you know, let me just show you the bottle,” Nancy added.
Nancy also noted, “So, he does not take anything for blood pressure, cholesterol, the umpteen other things that most people take as they grow older. He’s in very good health for his age and his humor is still in good shape. He’s had a very charmed life.”
She attributed Bob’s good health to his vegan-meal replacement diet, which she encouraged after he fell into ill health. Nancy also said Bob was on collagen supplements.
Legend. Icon. With a career that spanned over 60 years on television and radio, Bob Barker was one of the world's most recognizable game show hosts, entertaining generations.— SAG-AFTRA (@sagaftra) August 26, 2023
Born Robert William Barker on December 12, 1923, in Darrington, Washington, his early life saw a move to Mission, South Dakota, and later, Springfield, Missouri. Attaining a basketball scholarship at Drury College during WWII, Barker’s life took a turn when he joined the war effort as a Naval Aviation Cadet.
Bob Barker, Longtime Host of ‘The Price Is Right,’ Dies at 99 https://t.co/pzLdqREctX— Variety (@Variety) August 26, 2023
He became a TV legend
Barker’s hosting journey began in Michigan, culminating in a move to Los Angeles to chase his broadcasting aspirations. His hosting stints included “Truth or Consequences,” “End of the Rainbow,” “The Family Game,” and more. However, it was his 35-year tenure on “The Price is Right” that became a hallmark of his legacy.
Retiring in 2007, Barker won 19 Daytime Emmys for his work on the show, along with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999. Beyond television, Barker actively championed animal rights and co-founded the DJ&T foundation in 1994, supporting spay and neuter clinics. His notable cameo in “Happy Gilmore” and appearances on various TV shows added to his charm and widespread recognition.
While his career flourished, Barker faced legal battles, with lawsuits from women, including models from his shows, alleging harassment and wrongful termination. Despite these challenges, Barker’s accomplishments and contributions to entertainment and animal welfare remain integral to his enduring legacy.