This is the kind of scoop that no reporter likes to break.
Howser has died, according to sources who spoke to the Weekly on condition of anonymity.
The news will come as a shock to his legions of fans, all of whom were puzzled when Howser announced his retirement late last year, as Howser still seemed to have the enthusiasm and energy that made him so easy to parody–and so beloved to millions of Californians.
Just a half-hour after the OC Weekly report, the news was sadly confirmed via Twitter:
RIP one of SoCal broadcasting’s brightest, truest and most beloved originals. Watch the video above and remember Howser as he should be remembered: a joyful, genuine chronicler of the Golden State. RIP.
Update – KCET has released the following statement:
“We are deeply saddened by the news of Huell’s passing. This is a tremendous personal and professional loss to his friends and colleagues, as well as his legions of fans. Huell elevated the simple joys and undiscovered nuggets of living in our great state. He made the magnificence and power of nature seem accessible by bringing it into our living rooms. Most importantly, he reminded us to find the magic and wonderment in our lives every day. Huell was able to brilliantly capture the wonder in obscurity. From pastrami sandwiches and artwork woven from lint to the exoticism of cactus gardens and the splendor of Yosemite–he brought us the magic, the humor and poignancy of our region. We will miss him very much.”
Previously on FishbowlLA:
LA Media Catch Up to Huell Howser Retirement Story