Richard Dawson, the original host of Family Feud, has gone up to the fast money round in the sky at the age of 79. Richard’s son, Gary Dawson, posted the news on Facebook (via LAT) and said that his father passed away last night from cancer.
“It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you that my father passed away [Saturday] evening from complications due to esophageal cancer. He was surrounded by his family. He was an amazing talent, a loving husband, a great dad and a doting grandfather. He will be missed but always remembered.”
Before Richard made “R U SERIOUS?” faces at dumb as shit contestants on Family Feud, he was on Hogan’s Heroes, Laugh-In, The New Dick Van Dyke Show and Match Game. Match Game led to Family Feud, which won him a Daytime Emmy for Best Game Show Host. Richard also played an evil parody version of himself in The Running Man.
And now Richard is up in heaven, dry kissing the lady angels. I bet he’s slipping some of them the tongue. I mean, it is heaven after all. Survey says: Rest in peace, Richard Dawson.