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Richard Dawson, Family Feud host died from esophageal cancer complications at 79

Richard Dawson, the legendary host of “Family Feud,” has died from complications due to esophageal cancer announced by his son Gary Dawson.

The British-born actor died on Saturday at Ronald Reagan Memorial hospital in Los Angeles, his son said on Sunday.

“He was loved by millions of Americans as a television icon, but loved even more as a husband, a father, and grandfather by his family,” Gary Dawson wrote on his Facebook page.

Richard Dawson hosted Family Feud from 1976-1985, and then from 1994-1995. Aside from Family Feud, Dawson appeared on numerous TV shows in the 1960s before being the host of with Family Feud. In 1978, Dawson won a Daytime Emmy Award for best game show host.

Reviewer Tom Shales, in The Washington Post, called him “the fastest, brightest and most beguilingly caustic interlocutor since the late great Groucho bantered and parried on You Bet Your Life.”

According to A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia, Esophageal cancer

A cancerous (malignant) tumor of the esophagus, the muscular tube that moves food from the mouth to the stomach.

Esophageal cancer is not very common in the United States. It occurs most often in men over 50 years old.

Two main types of esophageal cancer exist: squamous cell carcinoma and adenocarcinoma. These two types look different from each other under the microscope.

Squamous cell esophageal cancer is linked to smoking and alcohol consumption.

Barrett’s esophagus, a complication of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), increases the risk for adenocarcinoma of the esophagus.

 

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