Bob Barker’s cause of death confirmed following Price Is Right host’s death aged 99

Late presenter had been living with Alzheimer’s for ‘years’, documents reveal

Tom Murray
Wednesday 06 September 2023 08:12 BST
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Bob Barker’s cause of death has been revealed.

The 99-year-old former host The Price is Right gameshow was pronounced dead on 26 August at his home in Los Angeles, his publicist Roger Neal announced.

It has now been revealed that Barker died as a result of Alzheimer’s Disease, according to his death certificate obtained by People magazine.

The document reportedly indicated that Barker had been living with the condition for “years”.

Hypertension (high blood pressure), hypothyroidism and hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol) were also listed as “other significant conditions” that contributed to Barker’s death, according to People.

“It is with profound sadness that we announce that the World’s Greatest MC who ever lived, Bob Barker has left us,” Neal said in his statement announcing the news.

Barker retired in 2007 after hosting the hit CBS game show since 1972.

Bob Barker, 83, waves goodbye as he tapes his final episode of ‘The Price Is Right’

During his career, Barker won 19 Daytime Emmy Awards, received an Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1999 and was inducted into the Television Academy’s Hall of Fame in 2004.

“We lost a beloved member of the CBS family today with the passing of Bob Barker. During his 35 years as host of THE PRICE IS RIGHT, Bob made countless people’s dreams come true and everyone feel like a winner when they were called to ‘come on down.’,” CBS said in a statement.

“In addition to his legendary 50-year career in broadcasting, Bob will be remembered as a dedicated animal rights activist. Daytime television has lost one of its most iconic stars.”

Barker was known for his support of animal rights causes and donated $5m to the anti-whaling Sea Shepherd Conservation Society which named one of their ships after him.

In 2013, Barker donated $1 million to move three captive elephants from the Toronto Zoo to a sanctuary in California.

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The presenter was born in Darrington, Washington, on 12 December 1923, and at the age of six moved to a Sioux Indian reservation in Mission, South Dakota, with his mother, Matilda, after his father died.

Barker served for two years in the US Navy towards the end of World War II and then attended Drury University where he graduated with an economics degree.

Barker’s own wife, Dorothy Jo Gideon, died of lung cancer in 1981 and he never remarried.

“I never had any inclination to remarry. She was my wife,” he said.

He said that it was his wife who was behind his fight to help animals.

“She was ahead of her time. She really was. She stopped wearing fur coats before anyone was stopping. She became a vegetarian before people were becoming vegetarian. And I gradually did the same thing with her,” he said.

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