Ed McMahon, the right hand man to Johnny Carson for three decades best known for the phrase "H-e-e-eer'es Johnny", died this morning in Los Angeles. He was 86.
In addition to his duties on The Tonight Show, McMahon was also the original host of Star Search. McMahon also co-hosted TV Bloopers & Practical Jokes with Dick Clark as well as the Annual Labor Day MDA Marathon with Jerry Lewis. He also appeared in many commercials most notably American Family Publishers' sweepstakes.
However, this past decade had not been kind to him as he was overcome by financial difficulties and had to continue working when he should have enjoyed his final years. Earlier this year, McMahon appeared with M.C. Hammer in a cash for gold commercial that aired during the Super Bowl. He said, "H-e-e-e-ere's money." It was sad to watch.
Better that he be remembered at the height of his powers.