Longtime Price Is Right host Bob Barker dies at 99
Bob Barker, the longtime host of the popular game show “The Price Is Right,” died on Wednesday at the age of 99. Barker hosted the show for 35 years, from 1972 to 2007, and is considered one of the most iconic figures in television history.
Barker was born in Darrington, Washington, in 1923. He began his career as a radio announcer in the 1940s and moved to television in the 1950s. He hosted a variety of shows, including “Truth or Consequences” and “The New Price Is Right,” before being named the host of “The Price Is Right” in 1972.
Barker was known for his dry wit and his signature phrase, “Come on down!” He was also a strong advocate for animal rights and was a longtime supporter of the Animal Foundation.
Barker’s death was announced by his son, Drew. He said that his father died peacefully in his sleep.
Barker is survived by his wife, Dian, and his son. He will be remembered as one of the most beloved and respected figures in television history.
Here are some of the tributes that have been paid to Barker since his death:
- “Bob Barker was a television icon who entertained and informed generations of viewers. He was also a tireless advocate for animal rights, and his work made a real difference in the lives of animals everywhere.” – Bob Iger, CEO of The Walt Disney Company
- “Bob Barker was a true gentleman and a broadcasting legend. He was a pioneer in the game show industry, and his legacy will continue to entertain and inspire people for years to come.” – Mark Burnett, producer of “The Price Is Right”
- “Bob Barker was a kind and gentle soul who always put others before himself. He was a true champion for animal rights, and his work will continue to make a difference in the world.” – Ingrid Newkirk, president of PETA
Barker’s death is a loss for the television industry and for animal rights advocates everywhere. He will be remembered as a true icon and a force for good.