Bob Barker, the popular game show host for over four decades on the commercial hit The Price is Right, passed away last month after a private struggle with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a series of stories published on Wednesday.
The game show legend, who succumbed at the ripe old age of 99, reportedly battled several illnesses in the years leading up to his death.
It was stated in the letter that Barker had been dealing with Alzheimer’s Disease for “years,” albeit the exact date of diagnosis was not given.
According to the death certificate, Barker’s death was also caused by “other major illnesses,” including hypothyroidism, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia.
Barker was a likable figure who brought energy to daytime television for decades.
His almost flawless attendance on the CBS game show The Price is Right from 1972 to 2007 established a tradition for millions of stay-at-home moms and kids.
Barker married Dorothy Jo Gideon for 36 years. The pair married in 1945, and she died in 1981. Barker never remarried and had no children.
Barker met Nancy Burnet in 1983. Burnet’s spokesman said that Barker and Burnet have been business partners since.
Barker claimed in his 2009 book, “Priceless Memories,” that he noticed Burnet when she arrived after an animal rights event while attempting to find a home for one of the dogs.
Barker and Burnet have supported animal rights issues for decades.
Barker said in his book that in November 1988, he and Burnet organized the first of two Fifth Avenue protest marches with 2,000 animal rights activists.
Burnet joined Barker’s DJ&T Foundation in 2000 to help pet owners who couldn’t afford spaying or neutering. The foundation was named after Barker’s late wife and mother, Matilda (Tilly). Burnet has been the charity’s vice president and executive director, developing, creating, and organizing activities.
Burnet expressed her affection for the popular gameshow presenter on how he would celebrate his 99th birthday in a news statement, noting that the two were “great friends” for 40 years and that Barker “will be missed.”.