Heartfelt Condolence! Turner Classic Movie Host Robert Osborne Dies at the Age of 84
One of the founders and longtime host of Turner Classic Movies Robert Osborne dies at the age of 84. Robert Osborne, who had his lifelong love of old films before moving to a lead role as the marquee and starting host of Turner Classic Movies, died Monday at his residence in Manhattan.
His death was confirmed by David Staller who was a longtime friend as well as the partner. Jennifer Dorian, who is the general manager of Turner Classic Movies issued a statement which read:
"All of us at Turner Classic Movies are deeply saddened by the death of Robert Osborne. He joined us as an expert on classic film and grew to be our cherished colleague and esteemed ambassador for TCM."
Moreover, Dorian added:
"Robert was embraced by devoted fans who saw him as a trusted expert and friend. His calming presence, gentlemanly style, encyclopedic knowledge of film history, fervent support for film preservation and highly personal interviewing style all combined to make him a truly world-class host."
However, the main reason of his death has not been announced yet.
His fans and well-wishers expressed their condolences all over Twitter.
Robert Osborne started his career as an actor and was mentored by the legendary comedian Lucille Ball. Moreover, he became the official biographer of Oscar thanks to his series of books he wrote about the Academy Awards on a regular basis.
Robert Osborne has been on Turner Classic Movies since it made its on-air debut in April 1994. But Osborne missed the TCM Classic Film Festival in 2015 announcing at the last minute that his doctors advised him to have an undisclosed medical procedure to his health that he had planned to put off.
Attendees of the event were extremely disappointed not to have him in the event. Moreover, Osborne pulled out again due to his health issues and illness less than three weeks before the start of the 2016 event of TCM.