Broadcasting legend Hugh Downs died at age 99 on Wednesday night surrounded by loved ones, according to CBS’ Arizona affiliate.
Downs’ historic career lasted over 60 years, with memorable work on “20/20,” “Today” and “The Tonight Show.” He famously co-anchored “20/20” alongside Barbara Walters where the duo became beloved by millions.
He was host of a unique NBC quiz “Concentration.”
A Downs family spokesperson told the local CBS affiliate on Thursday that the death was not related to the coronavirus pandemic.
“In 1985, Hugh was certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as holding the record for the greatest number of hours on network commercial television (15,188 hours), until he lost the record to Regis Philbin in 2004,” the spokeswoman told CBS 5.
The Washington Post reported that the cause of death was a heart ailment.
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