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Bob Barker Dead at 99, Cause of Death

BY Shahzad Saeed Aug 26, 2023. 11:30 pm UPDATED: Aug 26, 2023. 11:30 pm

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LEGENDARY After 35 years as the host of the longest-running daytime game show, “The Price is Right,” Bob Barker passed away.

When Bob passed away on Saturday, he was 99 years old.

The publicist for the legendary performer, Roger Neal, issued a statement saying, “It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of the World’s Greatest MC who ever lived, Bob Barker.”

According to his rep, Bob passed away peacefully from natural causes at his Los Angeles home.

Fans responded quickly to the news of his passing, with one writing: “The man literally invented game shows. He’ll be sorely missed.

A different person said, “Awww, he will be missed. Gave us countless entertaining seasons,” with the inscription “RIP legend.”

Before his time on The Price Is Right, Bob, who was born on December 12th, 1923, in Darrington, Washington, hosted his own radio program in California called The Bob Barker Show.

As Jack Bailey’s replacement on the game show Truth or Consequences, where contestants had just two seconds to respond correctly to a trivia question before “Beulah the Buzzer” sounded, Bob made the transition into game show hosting.

Bob started serving as The Price Is Right’s host in September 1972.

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The Price Is Right is a game show that was developed by Bob Stewart, Mark Goodson, and Bill Todman. Contestants compete by correctly pricing goods in order to win money and prizes.

When the announcer says the show’s catchphrase, “Come on down!” contestants are chosen from the audience.

‘The Money’

“The first thing that comes to mind when someone asks me what I enjoyed most about my time with [The Price Is Right] is… the money, of course!” In a rare interview with People in 2021, Bob once made a joke.

There was much to love, he continued. For 35 wonderful years, I had the pleasure of working with a committed and talented cast and crew. My ability to constantly remind our audience of the value of spaying and neutering your pets thanks to our enormous popularity was especially dear to me.

Up until his retirement in June 2007, Bob presided over the well-known game show. Drew Carey then took over as host.

In the same interview, Drew, 65, added, “I knew I could never be Bob, and I wasn’t going to try to be Bob.

‘Don’t try to copy me,’ he said as we were leaving for lunch. Simply create your own show.

After leaving the game show, Bob told Entertainment Weekly of his lengthy tenure: “It’s a lot more fun to do than a person might realize.

Every audience is distinct in personality. It is comparable to gold mining. I’m looking for little gems that I can improvise entertainment with. It’s very satisfying.

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Bob won 19 Daytime Emmys for hosting The Price is Right and was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 2004.

Bob also had a notable role in the 1996 comedy Happy Gilmore, starring Adam Sandler.

In the part, Bob played himself and famously engaged Adam’s character in combat, yelling the immortal line, “The price is wrong, Bobby.”

The TV personality was married to Dorothy Jo Gideon from 1945 until her passing in 1981; they had no children together.

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