Dawson’s death was announced by son Gary Dawson when he posted the following Facebook message this morning:
“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…”
Richard Dawson was the host of Family Feud from 1976-1985. He then hosted the show again from 1994-1995. In the middle of the final show received a standing ovation from the audience to which he responded:
“Please sit down. I have to do at least 30 minutes of fun and laughter and you make me want to cry.”
Richard Dawson is one of the most groundbreaking game show hosts of our time. He certainly will be dearly missed by fans of The Feud.