UPDATE: Fresnans talk about the impact Mr. Howser had on Fresno and react to his death in this obituary by Fresno Bee reporter Bob Rodriguez.
The Riverside County coroner confirmed his death Monday, Jan. 7. An employee who did not want to be identified said Howser had been in hospice care. No information about the cause of death was available.
Howser visited Fresno often for speaking engagements and to do stories, including a piece in 2011 about the best California Fairs that featured the Big Fresno Fair and an earlier piece on the Fruit Trail.
He was a great storyteller that captured the heart of California. He will be missed. KCET has this remembrance posted.
Bee TV writer Rick Bentley, who is in Los Angeles on assignment, shared this memory about meeting and talking to Mr. Howser over the years:
I started watching Huell Howser when I was living in Tennessee and he was on TV in Nashville. After I moved to Bakersfield, Howser came to town to do a story. I told him that I had been watching him for years. It was like he suddenly became my best friend. He would call everytime he was going to be in he area. No one has been more homespun as Howser and I am sure that’s why he became so popular.
Big Fresno Fair: