Sad news today: veteran television personality and former Tonight Show sidekick Ed McMahon passed away this morning at the age of 86, at the Ronald Reagan/UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. McMahon was recently treated for pneumonia and had been in failing health for several months.
McMahon rose to fame as Johnny Carson‘s sidekick on the Tonight Show for 30 years, from 1962 until 1992, when Carson retired. TV junkies will also remember him for his stints as host of TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes, Star Search, and most recently this year’s Superbowl ad for Cash4Gold.com, which spoofed his own financial problems. Without McMahon, there would be no “Heeeere’s Johnny!” or “You may have already won ten million dollars,” references in pop culture; the man was a comedy legend whose legacy will be remembered for a long time. McMahon is survived by his wife Pamela and five children. [CNN. Photo: WireImage]