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Farewell to Richard Dawson – Dead at 79

According to his son, Richard Dawson, the legendary host of “Family Feud,” has died from complications due to esophageal cancer:

“It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you that my father passed away this 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…”

– Gary Dawson

Dawson was the host of Family Feud from 1976-1985, and then from 1994-1995. He was also famous for being a regular on “The Match Game” and for appearing in the classic Arnold Schwarzenegger action film “The Running Man.”  I remember him best, however, as the British soldier, Cpl. Peter Newkirk, on “Hogan’s Heroes.”