TV Icon Bob Barker Passes Away

Renowned television personality Bob Barker, celebrated for his 35-year tenure as the host of “The Price Is Right,” has passed away at the age of 99. Barker’s representative confirmed his passing, describing him as the “World’s Greatest MC who ever lived.” CBS, the network that aired “The Price Is Right,” expressed their sorrow over the loss of a cherished member of their family.

Barker’s legacy extends beyond his illustrious career in broadcasting. He was a fervent animal rights activist, and his dedication to this cause was a significant part of his public persona. His representative stated that daytime television had lost one of its most iconic stars.

According to reports, Barker passed away peacefully from natural causes at his Los Angeles home. Barker had previously experienced health issues, including a fall at his home in 2019 and two hospitalizations for severe back pain in 2018. Despite these setbacks, Barker’s manager reported that he was improving under medical care.

Born Robert William Barker on December 12, 1923, in Darrington, Washington, Barker spent his early years in Mission, South Dakota, on the Rosebud Indian Reservation. His family later moved to Springfield, Missouri, where Barker earned a basketball scholarship to Drury College. Barker’s education was interrupted by World War II, during which he served as a Naval Aviation Cadet.

Barker’s broadcasting career began at a local radio station during his time at Drury College. His natural talent for hosting was evident, and he soon moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the field. Barker’s big break came in 1956 when he became the host of the game show “Truth or Consequences.” He went on to host several other shows before landing the role on “The Price is Right” in 1972, which cemented his status as a television icon.

Barker’s career was not without controversy. He faced several lawsuits from women alleging harassment and wrongful termination. Despite these allegations, Barker maintained a successful career, earning 19 Daytime Emmys for “The Price is Right” and a Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999. He was also inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 2004.

In addition to his hosting career, Barker made appearances in various TV shows and films, often playing himself. He was also a dedicated animal rights activist, resigning as host of the “Miss Universe” and “Miss USA” pageants in 1987 due to their use of fur coats as prizes. Barker founded the DJ&T foundation in 1994 to fund spay and neuter clinics, reflecting his commitment to animal welfare.