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Ed McMahon dead at 86

June 23, 2009 |  6:27 am

Ed McMahon, a television pioneer who warmed "The Tonight Show" couch for nearly 30 years as Johnny Carson's jovial sidekick and announcer, died today. He was 86.

McMahon died at Ronald Reagan\UCLA Medical Center this morning, according to his publicist, Howard Bragman. The cause of death was not announced, but McMahon had been in failing health with a number of issues that required his hospitalization for some time.

Initially unable to work after breaking his neck in a fall in 2007, McMahon made newsa year later when he defaulted on $4.8 million in mortgage loans and was facing the possible foreclosure of his multimillion-dollar Beverly Hills estate, which had been on the market for two years. An outside party purchased the mortgage and the McMahons were still living in the home.

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