Huell Howser, of “California’s Gold” has died

howser2613.jpgHuell Howser died January 6, 2013 in Southern California.

It is in California that he made a name for himself with his program “California Gold” which was broadcast on PBS.

Howser was from Tennessee, and forged his television skills in broadcast news, working once at KCBS-TV, Channel 2, in Los Angeles.   It was a gig in 1981 which lasted one year.

Howser’s legacy on broadcasting, and on PBS, will be his ever-amused personality on “California’s Gold.” The program explored places statewide that often were otherwise unnoticed.

In November of 2012 Howser suffered a sudden decline in health, and by the end of the month he announced he was retiring as host of his signature program.   Property he owned was also promptly listed for sale.

He is reported to have died of natural causes. He was 67 years old and a resident of Palm Springs.

Sources close to Howser have said that he was in hospice care not long after his decision to retire.

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