Ed McMahon died in the very early morning hours today. This is so sad!
The 86-year-old entertainer passed away at the Ronald Regan UCLA Medical Center. According to his publicist, he was surrounded by his wife and family.
Ed had struggled with health issues for the past few years, battling cancer, pneumonia and other non-specified illnesses.
McMahon, best known as being Johnny Carson’s sidekick for almost 35 years, also hosted Star Search — really the original American Idol — for over a decade. Of course, he was also the Publisher’s Clearinghouse dude, too. Sadly, in more recent years Ed McMahon’s most prominent role was one of debtor — a tragic postscript to a great career that resulted in the foreclosure of his Beverly Hills home.
All I know is this. With Johnny and Ed both gone, I bet the late-night entertainment in heaven is going to be spectacular.
Prayers and positive thoughts go out to the McMahon family.