Gosport TV star dies

REMEMBERED Richard Dawson
REMEMBERED Richard Dawson
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A GOSPORT-born actor and TV host has died.

Richard Dawson, who found fame in the US at the helm of game show Family Feud and in sitcom Hogan’s Heroes, passed away on Saturday night.

A former husband of actress Diana Dors, Dawson was 79.

He played Corporal Peter Newkirk in World War II comedy Hogan’s Heroes for six years.

He became a panelist on TV show Match Game before hosting Family Feud for 10 years. Family Feud was copied in the UK under the name Family Fortunes.

His son Gary wrote on Facebook on Saturday: ‘It is with a very heavy heart that I inform you that my father passed away this evening from complications due to esophageal cancer.

‘He was surrounded by his family. He was an amazing talent, a loving husband, a great dad, and a doting grandfather. He will be missed but always remembered.’