Bob Barker, the beloved host of the long-running television game show "The Price Is Right," has died at the age of 99. The news was confirmed by TMZ and quickly spread, prompting an outpouring of tributes from fans and fellow entertainment figures alike.
Born on December 12, 1923, in Darrington, Washington, Barker's journey to becoming a household name began with humble roots. His career in the entertainment industry spanned over half a century, with his most notable role being the energetic and charismatic host of "The Price Is Right" from 1972 to 2007.
Barker's affable personality and natural rapport with contestants made him a fixture of daytime television. His catchphrase, "Come on down," became synonymous with the show and is recognized by generations of viewers.
Throughout his tenure on "The Price Is Right," Barker presided over thousands of episodes, engaging contestants with a variety of games and challenges. His charm and quick wit endeared him to audiences, making him one of the most popular game show hosts in television history.
In addition to his work on "The Price Is Right," Barker was also known for his advocacy for animal rights. He ended each episode with a reminder to viewers to help control the pet population by having their pets spayed or neutered, demonstrating his commitment to causes he held dear.
Barker's death was reported to be due to natural causes. Despite a health scare in 2017 when he slipped and hit his head at home, Barker had remained relatively healthy in his later years.
News of Barker's passing has led to an outpouring of tributes from fans and colleagues who have shared their memories and appreciation for the legendary host. His impact on the television industry and his dedication to animal rights will continue to be remembered and celebrated.
Bob Barker's legacy as a television icon and passionate advocate will endure, his memory living on in the countless episodes of "The Price Is Right" that continue to entertain audiences worldwide.