According to reports, Former “Family Feud” show host Richard Dawson has died in California at age 79.

Gary Dawson posted a Facebook message early this morning that read:

“It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you that my father passed away this evening from complications due to esophageal cancer. He was surrounded by his family. He was an amazing talent, a loving husband, a great dad, and a doting grandfather. He will be missed but always remembered…”

The British entertainer also was among the schemers in the 1960s sitcom “Hogan’s Heroes” and kissed thousands of women during his run on “Family Feud.”

In his last Family Feud in 1985, the studio audience honoured Dawson with a standing ovation, and he responded: “Please sit down. I have to do at least 30 minutes of fun and laughter and you make me want to cry.”

Richard Dawson Death: Iconic Game Show Host Dead At 79

Richard Dawson Death: Iconic Game Show Host Dead At 79