Ed McMahon dies at 86

Jun 23, 2009 at 2:21 p.m. ET

Ed McMahon has passed away at the age of eighty-six.

Ed McMahon dies at 86There are certain celebrities you simply never think about getting old or passing away. McMahon was one of them.

Ed suffered from a variety of health problems including a neck injury as the result of a 2007 fall. He was hospitalized in February with pneumonia and other medical ailments and reports have shown that he succumbed to a battle with cancer.

Most known for the sidekick of Johnny Carson and his famous sound byte, "Heeeeeeeere's Johnny," Ed has had an illustrious career. Whatever generation you're from, whether it was watching The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson or watching him host Star Search or even those commercials from Publishers Clearing House, Ed McMahon was also known for his many marriages. Ed was married from 1949 through 1976 to Alyce Ferrill and had four children.

Then he was married to Victoria Valentine with whom he had one child. In 1992 he tied the knot with Pam Hurn, to whom he was currently married at the time of his death.

Recently you may recall him appearing on Larry King Live regarding his home facing foreclosure. "If you spend more money than you make, you know what happens," he indicated. Last June it was reported that McMahon was $644,000 on arrears for his $4.8 million dollar loan for his home in Beverly Hills. Financial woes aside, McMahon made a name for himself as a successful pitchman and most importantly, sidekick.

Ed wrote in his book that he and Johnny Carson were "as close as two non-married people can be." Interestingly enough, McMahon and Carson worked together on the game show Who Do You Trust where Ed served as the announcer. Then they worked together on the Tonight Show starting in 1962 for thirty solid years.

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