R.I.P. Robin Leach of 'Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous'
Published Aug 24, 2018Robin Leach — the entertainment journalist best known for his work on TV series Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous — has died. Leach passed away in Las Vegas this morning, his family confirmed. He was 76.
Leach had been hospitalized since November 21 after suffering a stroke in Cabo San Lucas, according to various media reports.
In the wake of Leach's passing, his family released the following statement: "Despite the past 10 months, what a beautiful life he had. Our Dad, Grandpa, Brother, Uncle and friend Robin Leach passed away peacefully last night at 1:50 a.m. Everyone's support and love over the past, almost one year, has been incredible and we are so grateful. Memorial arrangements to follow."
While Leach began his career as a print journalist in the UK, he rose to fame via the hugely popular 1980s TV show Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. With his unforgettably silky voice, he signed off the show by hoping viewers would have "champagne wishes and caviar dreams" — a phrase still used today.
Throughout his life, Leach also made several pop-culture appearances, regularly being parodied on Saturday Night Live — not to mention name-checked in Notorious B.I.G.'s hit track "Juicy."
You can revisit the iconic intro to Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous down below.