By Sandra Rose  | 

Robin Leach

Robin Leach, who revealed the lavish lifestyles of the filthy rich on his TV show Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, has died at age 76.

The news was confirmed by Leach's longtime friend John Katsilometes.

"Despite the past 10 months, what a beautiful life he had. Our Dad, Grandpa, Brother, Uncle and friend Robin Leach passed away peacefully last night," Katsilometes said in a statement on Friday.

Leach was hospitalized after suffering a stroke while on vacation in San Lucas, Mexico last year.

The British born journalist was a writer for London's Daily Mail newspaper after starting his own magazine at age 17.

He later contributed to AM Los Angeles, with Regis Philbin & Sarah Purcell, People Tonight, and Entertainment Tonight.

But Leach became a household name as the unapologetic host of 'Lifestyles' which ran from 1984 to 1995. He was known for his catchphrase: "Champagne wishes and caviar dreams".

The program showcased the homes and toys of obscenely wealthy celebrities, corporate millionaires, pro athletes, and trust fund kids in the days before social media and reality TV reshaped pop culture.

It was later revealed that many of the mansions and fancy cars displayed on 'Lifestyles' were leased for the show's taping.

 

Photo by Mike Stotts/ WENN

  • ShelbyMoore

    I just knew I was gonna grow up and live in one of them big as$ houses. Rip, Robin.

  • Faithz

    Rip Robin Leach.

  • Toni Toni Toni

    RIP Robin Leach. He was 76 too like Aretha Franklin. They say Celebs go in 3's////

  • TheyDontHearMeTho

    It happens in 3’s.

  • DETROITTOATL

    Giiirrrllll. Okay I had it all mapped out. Needless to say it didn't happen (YET).

  • Marlika

    I used to be in awwww ? watching this show as a kid. Rest easy Robin!!

  • Tammie Reed

    I had the pleasure of meeting him in Las Vegas years ago, cool dude. May he RIP.

  • ShelbyMoore

    Speak that shat into existence. That actually works...Law of Attraction is real.

    SN: Why I unleashed the FRO today and the owner of the company I work for, let's call him "Mayo", had the nerve to run his hands through the fro while I wasn't looking? Saying how fascinating it is that my hair can do so many things. How should I proceed cause I don't wanna act my color?

  • Quitedeliteful

    What is WRONG people?!?!?

  • Ms. Jackson

    Aww man. I used to watch his show when it first aired. Loved him! May he RIP

  • TawnyDelux

    “Longtime friend”

  • rodt

    loved his voice

  • rodt

    OH SNAP

  • Miss Thang

    *sigh*

  • Miss Thang

    This man is a freakin' legend! We loved that show when I was a kid!!

  • Dahl

    ??

  • Miss Thang

    what in the HELL??

  • DETROITTOATL

    SMH.. They do the most

  • Wreckognize Game

    If he wasn't the owner I would say to catch that bih off guard and run your hands thru his shyt. Wtf? That would've pissed me off. Sorry, all my answers would be wrong. My NOLA is turned on.

  • TriniHarlem

    Aww man. RIP. I was watching him last season on two chainz show most expensivest show on vice and was like aww my man still ticking. Well I know your pad up top is on point. Enjoy the afterlife ?

  • Nik

    Satisfy Mayo's curiosity about black hair by letting him know how much effort you have to put into it to fix it, and that he can ruin all that by touching it. I do not understand why people don't see putting their unwashed hands in someone's hair is okay. Washed hands are off limits too!

  • Nik

    Yes! An icon to say the least. The voice could be recognized anywhere.

  • JENNYJONES1

    DANG 76 ISN'T A SAFE AGE FOR CELEBS RIGHT NOW. 1ST ARETHA NOT HIM. R.I.P. LOVED HIS SENSE OF HUMOR AND VOICE.........JENNY JONES!!!

  • LYRICS

    OMG! NOOO!!! He gave me LIFE!! I loved watching that show! May he rest easy!

  • Rayne

    His voice really has me believing these stars are extra rich!

  • iWasteTime

    I grew up on Robin !
    RIP !

  • MsPam

    Get out of my head.???

  • Jordan’s Memory

    I love watching that show too! He lived a nice privileged life up until the end. This show called Open House and another show whose name escaped me reminds me a lot of lifestyles of the rich and famous. I believe it's called Lifestyles of the Super Rich or something like that. RIP

  • Judge Mental Will

    This show gave me so much to look forward to growing up! Didn't know I had to work to get that lifestyle tho...

  • Jordan’s Memory

    Yes he sound and talked rich! lol

  • Renee26

    Sexual harassment law suit...he ran his fingers through your hair

  • tia

    Before MTV's Cribs there was Lifestyle's of The Rich and Famous. I grew up watching this man.

    RIP Mr. Leach!!

  • pecancandy

    Lol

  • FukkFolks2018

    I used to LLLLLOVVVVE this show. And towards the end Sheri Belafonte was the co-host. I watched every season from a little girl til I was out of HS. Never missed not ONE ep. Such an incredible recognizable VOICE. RIP Robin. You are a 80s icon sir.

  • FukkFolks2018

    YES!

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    RIH

  • Wreckognize Game

    Rest on Mr. Leach. You were the Little Richard of all the "Cribs" shows. THE ORIGINATOR

  • WutizstillHERE!

    "I made the change from a common thief
    To up close and personal with Robin Leach and I'm far from cheap" https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/34728635c11f0ec2440739c989d44cd84ba769d9778090c11d8b2a877e90ee30.gif

  • Solstice
  • Nik

    Look at Andre! LMBO!

  • Solstice

    ?? (y’all know I don’t have any sense)

  • KcoolMuziq
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    let's call him "Mayo"
    ..................
    LMAO!!!!!!!!!!
    (i don't have the answer Sway.... i'm still in shock just reading about it, smh)

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    that was my first thought, but in reality that would be the LAST thing i'd do (unlike them, i have NO desire to reach out and touch their sh*t)

  • Nik
  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    chile.... Andre does NOT play, LMAO!!!

  • Solstice

    ??!!

  • Nik

    I'm saying! With him you know the deal so no further questions!

  • MISSMEWITDATBULL

    AWW HELL NAW!!!!!!!!!

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b3f9738c8da2dbbdfc57ee11f7c0f3c0eb27b4879ff6ae565a5c310ea1852c23.gif

    UGH. I think I might have blacked out and started windmilling on "Mayo"...sending prayers up for your continued restraint.

  • bemetoo

    robin was that dude

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!
  • Tiff J

    LOL I was just thinking the same thing.... like what other celebs are 76 yrs old right now.... They going to have to start the 76 yrs old club for celebs, like how they have the 27 yr old club for all the stars who died at 27 yrs old.

  • Nik

    LOL! I love him too!

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    i LOVE his Diva self, LOL!

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    ROFL!!!!! "blacked out" LMAO!!!!!!!

  • datjerk

    I thought this man was in his 70s back in '88. RIP tho.

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1lo6u-UIbo Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    I really like Open House (the host, not so much) Lol

  • It’s Real Talk! Period!!

    I caught that too!

  • Alextra Ballard

    You and I both..I'm shocked he's only 76 ...RIP Mr.Leach

  • KLove

    Death truly comes in 3s..... Mrs. Garrett, Aretha, and now Robin Leach

  • ShelbyMoore

    That's why I asked y'all cause the look on my face when this happened. I'm still feeling slighted.

  • ShelbyMoore

    That's exactly what I did. I was shocked! If I was on guard I could have moved, but I wasn't ready.

  • ShelbyMoore

    I just had to let y'all know it wasn't us or any other POC. LOL.

  • ShelbyMoore

    Right. If I wanted to do that shat, I would pet the nearest dog. TF

  • ShelbyMoore

    I already added that to the list of shat.

  • ShelbyMoore

    I couldn't even ask him what was "fascinating" about my hair cause I was taken aback. I have never once thought about touching any of their hair cause I've already petted enough dogs in my lifetime. I don't understand what is so different about black people's hair that they feel they have to see what it feels like.

  • ShelbyMoore

    Gurl! I'm really feeling those gifs....It's just amazing that they feel that they can reach out and play in a sis FRO. And you know I was already pushing it working in corporate America and unleashing the FRO....hoooossssaaaahhhh

  • Nik

    Some people never have any real contact with blacks, so there is an extreme curiosity about us. My freshman year of college this one girl had a black roommate who ran her fingers through her hair and it stood up. The white girl freaked out because she didn't know hair could do that. Then there's other things like whenever I had a new hairstyle, I was always asked if I cut my hair, or when I wore braids someone would remark they didn't know it wasn't my real hair. Stuff like that is obvious to us but a strange phenomenon to others.

  • ShelbyMoore

    The crazy part is, you can tell that he's really attracted to black women, but he couldn't go there cause of either his family or him just being scared to take the leap. That's why I've taken notes and dates so if anything I have evidence cause some looks and some things he says/does just don't jive that well with me.

  • Logan Roberts

    I grew up watching this show with some snacks on deck. You couldn't tell me I wasn't gonna be rich one day. RIP Robin.

  • GuestSTAR

    GOD, I thought he had died sometime ago.

  • WhoKnew

    His age has to be a misprint. He was in his 70s back in the 90s. Dude probably should be close to 90. And I thought he had already crossed over years ago.

  • rayne215

    i swore he died is like 02. still RIP :(

  • ???TheRider???

    I too thought he had passed years ago but he showed up on 2 Chainz show Most Expensives a couple of months ago.

  • Li-Wright

    Death comes in 3s: Aretha, Robin and Craig Zadan.

  • GrapeCrush

    Champagne dreams and caviar wishes...?? RIL Robin Leach ??

  • laidbackgal4real

    I really liked that show .. loved his accent.. RIP to him !

  • Kimocha

    Oh... My bad... I thought this dude BEEN gone.... R.I.P Mr. Leach

  • DaughterOfaQueen

    Just saw him on Most Expensivest Tv show with 2 Chains. I loved watching that show with my dad back in the day! RIP

  • Readytochokemothernatureout

    Another part of my childhood memories is gone. Rip

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    He was actually in his 50's back in the 90's.
    Born in 1941.

  • Misslaydj

    i saw him on there too. it was a good episode in one of fav cities.