Lifestyles Of The Rich Host Robin Leach Dies At 76

The Las Vegas Journal-Review reports:

Robin Leach, a celebrity columnist and television host who famously signed off each episode of “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” with his signature catchphrase of “Champagne wishes and caviar dreams,” has died.

“Despite the past 10 months, what a beautiful life he had. Our Dad, Grandpa, Brother, Uncle and friend Robin Leach passed away peacefully last night at 1:50 a.m. Everyone’s support and love over the past, almost one year, has been incredible and we are so grateful. Memorial arrangements to follow,” said a statement from Leach’s son Steven, which is also attributed to Robin’s sons Gregg and Rick Leach.

Leach moved to Las Vegas in 1999, and spent most of the last two decades chronicling star-studded events around town, most recently for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, and for the Las Vegas Sun and publications in the Greenspun Media Group.

From the Hollywood Reporter:

The London native gave viewers a glimpse of those with “champagne wishes and caviar dreams” with Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, which aired in syndication from 1984-95. He also was an early investor in the Food Network.

Born on Aug. 29, 1941, Leach wrote for The Harrow Observer while he was attending the Harrow County School for Boys, earning $6 a week at the newspaper after he graduated. He went on to become the youngest editor at London’s Daily Mail at 18, then wrote for the New York Daily News, Ladies’ Home Journal, People and The Star after moving to the U.S. in 1963.

After helping to launch the syndicated Entertainment Tonight news show, Leach co-created Lifestyles with producer Al Masini. The program helped usher in the era of celebrity-focused reality series and culture.