According to published reports, the iconic Ed McMahon
died at 86 at the Ronald Reagan Medical Center in Westwood, California. The Detroit native is most known for being
Johnny Carson's sidekick on The Tonight Show
from 1962 to 1992. Also, he hosted the American Idol
of the '80s, Star Search
, which featured young artists like Aaliyah
McMahon appeared in several films like Fun With Dick and Jane
(1977), Full Moon High
(1981) and Bewitched
(2005). He was also the face of American Family Publishers (not Publishers Clearing House, which was their competitor), where random people would sign up for magazine subscriptions and get the chance to win -- anyone raised in the '80s or early '90s prayed for Ed to show up at their front door!
McMahon is one of the last remaining film and television legends before the era of cable and Internet
. Over the past year, he suffered health and finanical problems -- a neck injury and one of many celebrities to suffer from home foreclosure due to the economy. McMahon is survived by his wife and five children.