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NEW YORK (AP) — Hugh Downs, a genial and near-constant presence on television from the 1950s through the 1990s, has died. He was 99. His family said Downs died of natural causes Wednesday night in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Downs was a host of the ‘Today” show on NBC, worked on the “Tonight” show when Jack Paar was in charge, and hosted the long-running game show “Concentration.”
He co-hosted the ABC newsmagazine ‘20/20’ with Barbara Walters. Until surpassed by Regis Philbin, he had the Guinness Book of World Records mark for most hours logged on television. Downs also hosted the PBS series “Over Easy” and “Live from Lincoln Center.”
Hugh Downs, perhaps best remembered for his two-decade run on ABC's 20/20, has passed away at the age of 99. He was also the co-host of NBC's Today Show from 1962-71. Here he is in December '62 on location in Key West with a story about Ernest Hemingway: pic.twitter.com/YW4qt6hju9
— Steve Kornacki (@SteveKornacki) July 2, 2020
Breaking News: Hugh Downs, a longtime host of “Today” and “20/20,” whose honeyed delivery and low-key manner made him a TV favorite for decades, has died at 99 https://t.co/1AofYKtWhL
— The New York Times (@nytimes) July 2, 2020
Learning that Hugh Downs has died.
He was a pioneering game show host and long-time news moderator.
A true television legend. pic.twitter.com/RuQMmUm0oh
— Jesse Horne (@Jesse_Horne) July 2, 2020