For Ed McMahon

Always smiling, always professional

Always smiling, always professional

This is normally the kind of article one would find in the Arts & Entertainment section of American Age. However, with all due respect Ed McMahon was a front page kind of person. Ed McMahon was the personification of America; or at least, what America used to be. We will miss him dearly.

Beloved U.S. TV personality Ed McMahon has died at the age of 86.

The former Tonight Show sidekick passed away in the early hours of Tuesday morning at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles.

The veteran star had been battling ill health for some time. He was diagnosed with systemic bone cancer and spent time in hospital in February suffering from pneumonia.

McMahon began his career as a fighter pilot during World War II, serving in Korea throughout the 1950s.

He went on to work with legendary star Johnny Carson on daytime game show Who Do You Trust? and in 1962 the pair landed the job of hosting The Tonight Show.

Ed McMahon the chuckling man sitting on the couch next to Johnny Carson was the best pitch-man and laugher at the worst jokes imaginable. In fact, many fans of the Tonight Show tuned in just to see the skits and banter by Ed McMahon. Now forever Johnny, Ed, and all of Johnny’s ex-wives will be together once again – united – at The Tonight Show….heaven.

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