Tom Joyner News: ‘Family Feud’ Host Richard Dawson Dies

Originally posted on 93.1 WZAK:

http://www.blackamericaweb.com/entertainment/screen/family-feud-host-richard-dawson-dies

Richard Dawson, the legendary host of “Family Feud,” has died from complications due to esophageal cancer … this according to his son.

Gary Dawson posted a Facebook message early this morning that read:

“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…”

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Dawson hosted “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.”  One of his biggest roles — Dawson played Capt. Peter Newkirk on “Hogan’s Heros,” a wildly popular show in the 60′s.Dawson was married to Gretchen Johnson … interesting…

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