The world of entertainment was in mourning this weekend after the passing of the great Bob Barker aged 99.
The legendary TV host’s death was confirmed on Saturday, with TMZ reporting that he had died of natural causes.
According to new reports, Barker will not have a funeral. Neither will there be any kind of memorial service, as is usually commonplace after the death of such a high-profile figure.
Born in 1923, Barker moved to California in 1950 to pursue a career in broadcasting. He later hosted various game shows, as well as the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants between 1967 and 1987.
It was in 1982, however, that the Washington-born host got his big break through The Price is Right.
When I moved to LA in 1980, I was on Price Is Right and met Bob Barker. Thank you Bob for introducing me to the game show world! We will miss you. pic.twitter.com/b4VTbI1DzF— Vanna White (@TheVannaWhite) August 27, 2023
RIP Bob Barker. The GOAT game show host, hilarious actor, and generous human being. pic.twitter.com/KAevwAihPC— Louis KC (@notlouisck) August 26, 2023
Was lucky enough to be Bob Barker’s neighbor for a while. Would often chat with him when he was walking his dogs. What a consummate gentleman and tireless advocate for animals. What an epic run you had, sir. #RIPLegend— Lou Diamond Phillips (@LouDPhillips) August 26, 2023
In a statement provided to Entertainment Tonight, Barker’s rep, Roger Neal, explained that it was the host’s request that he not have a funeral or memorial service.
Instead, Barker will be laid to rest beside his wife, Dorothy Jo Gideon, at Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery in the Hollywood Hills. After falling in love while in high school, Bob and Dorothy were married some 35 years before her death from lung cancer in 1981.
“She was sitting on the Veranda at the hotel where I worked,” Barker once said of his late wife.
“There was a deck of cards there. She reached into the deck and pulled out the 10 of spades and she said, ‘Here, this will be your luck.’ And I’ve had this for 60 years and on the other side is Dorothy Jo.”
Rest in peace, Bob Barker, and thanks for all the wonderful memories.
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