Bob Barker, longtime host of ‘The Price Is Right,’ dead at 99

LONDON - Bob Barker, the “Price Is Right” host whose silky-smooth command, impish sense of humour and advocacy for animal welfare issues made him a beloved fixture on television for more than 35 years, has died. He was 99. The news was confirmed by his representative Roger Neal. No cause of death was provided. For 35 years, Barker was the host of the classic CBS game show that asks players to bid on such items as a pack of gum, a popcorn popper and a luggage lock in hopes of winning, as its announcers trumpet, “A brand new car.” The show, which had a nine-year run in the ’50s and ‘60s with Bill Cullen, returned in 1972 with Barker. He stayed for 35 years, passing the mic to comedian Drew Carey in 2007.

ePaper - Nawaiwaqt