Bob Barker, the iconic host of the long-running US game show “The Price Is Right,” has died at the age of 99. Barker, who held the role of host from the show’s inception in 1972 until 2007, passed away at his home near Los Angeles due to natural causes.
“The World’s Greatest MC [Master of Ceremonies] who ever lived, Bob Barker, has left us,” stated his publicist Roger Neal in a release.
Born in December 1923 in Washington State, Barker had a distinguished career in both radio and TV. He gained widespread recognition and adoration as the charismatic face of “The Price Is Right,” where he engaged excited contestants with his signature invitation to “come on down” and participate in the game’s pricing challenges.
Over his six-decade career, Barker earned 19 Emmy awards and left an indelible mark on the entertainment industry. In 2007, at the age of 83, Barker passed the torch to comedian Drew Carey, who succeeded him as the show’s host.
Barker’s contributions extended beyond his entertainment career. He was a committed animal rights advocate, supporting organizations such as Peta and championing the cause of animal welfare. His compassion for animals led to numerous charitable initiatives and donations towards ending animal exploitation.
Bob Barker’s legacy as a beloved game show host and an advocate for animal rights has left an enduring impact on both the entertainment world and the pursuit of social justice. His passing has prompted tributes from colleagues, celebrities, and animal rights organizations alike, all honoring his remarkable contributions to various aspects of society.