Family Feud's Richard Dawson Dead
Game show host died of esophageal cancer, son says
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 3, 2012 9:44 AM CDT

(Newser) – Not a good morning for the small screen: Longtime Family Feud host Richard Dawson died late yesterday of complications from esophageal cancer, reports TMZ. He was 79. Known as "the Kissing Bandit" during his first run as host, from 1976 to 1985, Dawson later returned to host the show from 1994 to 1995. Dawson appeared on other game shows, but his biggest role was on Hogan's Heroes. "He was an amazing talent, a loving husband, a great dad, and a doting grandfather," posted son Gary Dawson on Facebook early today. "He will be missed but always remembered..."