Gary Collins Dead at 74
Actor also hosted Miss America pageant
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 13, 2012 1:54 PM CDT
Gary Collins   (Wikimedia Commons)

(Newser) – Gary Collins, an actor, television show host, and former master of ceremonies for the Miss America Pageant, has died. He was 74. Collins, a resident of Biloxi, Mississippi, died of natural causes just before 1am today after he was brought to Biloxi Regional Medical Center, according to Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove. During the 1980s, Collins hosted the Miss America pageant and TV's Hour Magazine. As an actor he appeared in numerous movies and TV shows dating back to the 1960s. He was a cast member of the series The Wackiest Ship in the Army in the 1960s, and the star of the series The Sixth Sense in the 1970s.

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Oct 13, 2012 8:19 PM CDT
Being killed because of tobacco addiction is NOT a "natural cause!" Stupid conservative-run, tobacco-whoring media! BAN THE ILLEGAL TOBACCO DRUG, NOW! PROSECUTE THE CRIMINAL TOBACCO PUSHERS, TOO! TOBACCO IS TERRORISM!
Oct 13, 2012 7:14 PM CDT
RIP Gary, you will be missed by many. You had class and other stars should follow your lead. My heart is deeply sadden by your passing.
Oct 13, 2012 3:15 PM CDT
The good ol' days, when Hollywood had class. RIP Gary, and Hollywood class.