Ed McMahon Dies at 86

Published 6 years ago by , Updated February 24th, 2014 at 11:34 am,

Johnny Carson Biopic Carnac the Magnificent Ed McMahon Dies at 86

Ed McMahon, Johnny Carson’s legendary sidekick on The Tonight Show for thirty years, passed away early this morning at the age of 86.

According to publicist Howard Bragman, McMahon’s last moments were spent in bed at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center surrounded by his family and loving wife, Pam. McMahon had been in poor health for some years, battling everything from bone cancer to a broken neck – an injury he received in March of 2007.

McMahon and Johnny Carson first worked together on the game show “Who Do You Trust?”; when Carson inherited The Tonight Show from Jack Paar in 1962, he brought McMahon along and the two went on to tuck America into bed laughing every week night from 1962 until Carson retired in 1992.

After The Tonight Show McMahon went on to pursue other interests and even popped up in the limelight now and again for some TV and film roles – but it is undoubtedly his work with Carson which will be his legacy, inspiring new generations of comedic duos who have built their careers according to the Carson/McMahon blueprint.

Screen Rant would like to take a moment to remember Ed McMahon and to send our condolences out to his friends and family.

Source: NBC News

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  1. Condolences to the McMahon family.

    RIP Ed.

  2. google adds blocking some of the article.

  3. Another wonderful, television Icon Gone…I’m personally gonna miss his ‘always jovial’ TV Face…He Made the Johnny Carson show more of a hit than Carson could’ve ever done on his own, In my modest opinion…

    My condolences and best wishes to his family, The bible says, that “death is an enemy”…But it also says, “There will be a resurrection of the righteous and the unrighteous” and they’ll live in perfect peace once more…”No mourning nor death nor pain or outcry, ever again” What a grand hope for the future we have in God’s word the bible…keep it close to your heart and mind, it is a comfort in times like these….

  4. Rest In Peace.

  5. I spoke to Ed a handful of times as he was a frequent guest and good friend of the radio host who’s national show I do a movie spot on. When I first went on the air 17 years ago Ed was the guest right before I went on. I must say I was nervous. RIP Ed.


  6. Every fellow star of stage, screen and television even entertainer/director/producer and singer, Jerry Lewis and MDA
    has heard about and are upset about his passing.

  7. Is the ad still blocking the article?


  8. we are all going to miss you ED MCMAHON you brought so much laughter and love to all of us god bless ya buddy may you rest in peace and your wife and family be blessed in your familys time of sorrow may they find peace you will live forever ED MCMAHON you will be deeply missed

  9. I cannot remember a time in my life where Ed McMahon wasn’t at least a distant part of.

    It is like a part of myself has died along with him.

    Have a great afterlife Ed.

  10. No, Vic, thx.