Longtime Price Is Right host Bob Barker had been quietly suffering from Alzheimer’s disease at the time of his death, TMZ reports according to the legendary TV host’s death certificate, which the outlet said cited the disease as the cause. Barker passed away at his Hollywood Hills home on August 26 at the age of 99.
Barker had never revealed publicly that he was battling the disease, but TMZ reported, according to the death certificate, that he had been dealing with it for “years” before his death last month.
Barker had taken some falls over the years and had been treated previously for skin cancer as well as back issues in 2018.
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Notably, Barker, a longtime animal activist and vegetarian, had partnered with PETA in 2013 on a PSA claiming that a meat-free diet could help prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
Barker spent more than half a century on TV, taking over as host of the popular game show Truth or Consequences in 1956 and retiring from The Price Is Right in 2007.
CBS paid tribute to Barker on the day of his death: “We lost a beloved member of the CBS family today with the passing of Bob Barker,” CBS said in a statement. “During his 35 years as host of The Price Is Right, Bob made countless people’s dreams come true and everyone feel like a winner when they were called to ‘come on down.’ In addition to his legendary 50-year career in broadcasting, Bob will be remembered as a dedicated animal rights activist. Daytime television has lost one of its most iconic stars.”
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