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Tom Arnold

Ed McMahon dead at 86

Ed McMahon dead at 86

Ed McMahon, a television pioneer who warmed "The Tonight Show" couch for nearly 30 years as Johnny Carson's jovial sidekick and announcer, died early Tuesday morning in a Los Angeles hospital, surrounded by family and friends. McMahon, whose role as America's most-famous second banana represented only one facet of the one-time Atlantic City boardwalk pitchman's career, died of a "multitude of health problems [during] the last few months," said publicist Howard Bragman, who did not give an official cause of death. Over the past few years, McMahon had been hospitalized for a two-week span with pneumonia. McMahon had been unable to work after breaking his...