Longtime ‘The Price is Right’ host Bob Barker dies aged 99

Bob Barker, the longtime host of the gameshow “The Price is Right,” has died at the age of 99.

Barker’s publicist Roger Neal confirmed his death early Saturday morning.

“It is with profound sadness that we announce that the World’s Greatest MC who ever lived, Bob Barker, has left us,” Neal’s statement read.

Longtime friend of Barker and co-executor of the staunch animal activist’s estate Nancy Burnet also released a statement regarding his passing:

I am so proud of the trailblazing work Barker and I did together to expose the cruelty to animals in the entertainment industry and including working to improve the plight of abused and exploited animals in the United States and internationally. We were great friends over these 40 years, and he will be missed.

The obituary for Barker can be read below:

Barker was the perennial host of “The Price is Right,” the longest running game show in North American Television history for over 35 years on CBS daytime and hosted a nighttime version and primetime specials on CBS of TPIR. Barker won an impressive 19 Emmys during his career, 5 of them for Outstanding Game Show Host. Barker came into America’s home nighttime and daytime daily for over 50 years, his career in radio and television before retiring spanned over 60 years. In his honor CBS Named the studio where The Price is Right was taped, The Bob Barker Studio.     Time Magazine named him The Greatest Game Show Host of all time. Barker was inducted in the Television Hall of Fame in 2004, and into the NAB Hall of Fame in 2008.

Barker retired from hosting “The Price is Right” after 50 years on TV in 2007.

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