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Bob Barker Dies at Age 99

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Long time ‘Price is Right host,’ Bob Barker, dies leaving behind a remarkable life and legacy

Bob Barker revitalized the game show The Price is Right after it lost popularity in the late 50s and then got punted by two networks before landing at CBS. Using his deadpan sense of humor and wielding his lively personality like a formidable weapon, Bob Barker made the show into what it is today: an excuse for families to gather together and bond over hearty laughs, TV dinners, and absurd prices. 

Bob Barker’s Life and Legacy

To say his life and legacy will be simply remembered is an understatement. Bob Barker was so much more than just a television host and will be remembered for his tanned skin, his witty back-and-forths with the audience, and his ability to make contestants feel comfortable on the stage alongside him. He truly believed in what he did, claiming that the show was a comfort, a security blanket that people could always turn to, knowing that the show was consistent and that Bob Barker would bring a smile to their faces. He was charismatic and charming, giving life and dimension to the Price is Right when it could have easily been another cheesy game show.

Bob Barker won 18 Daytime Emmys; he won the Daytime Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1999. The Guinness Book of World Records twice named him TV’s most durable performer, and in 2004, he was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame. 

Bob Barker Dies at 99

Barker retired from The Price is Right in 2007, and in recent years, his health had been declining. He had fallen outside of his home in 2015, and passing police officers called for an ambulance, and he fell again inside his home in 2017. In 2018, he was admitted to the hospital twice for severe back pain. 

It is with a heavy heart to report that Bob Barker has died at the age of 99. His longtime publicist, Roger Neal, said early Saturday, “It is with profound sadness that we announce that the World’s Greatest MC who ever lived, Bob Barker, has left us.” 

Bob Barker, legendary Price is Right host, dead at 99 | New York Post 

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