Bob Barker’s Cause Of Death Revealed
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Beloved “The Price Is Right” host Bob Barker died in late August and new documents reveal that Barker’s cause of death was Alzheimer’s disease.
According to his death certificate, Bob Barker had been Alzheimer’s disease for years. Contributing factors to his death were listed as hypertension, hypothyroidism and hyperlipidemia.
The game show host had suffered medical issues in recent years, including falls and skin cancer, but never publicly acknowledged his Alzheimer’s diagnosis. Barker was a vegetarian for the last four decades of his life. He practiced the lifestyle as a preventative measure against the disease.
In 2013, Bob, a longtime animal rights activist, filmed a commercial for PETA where he promoted vegetarianism and its affects on the body and brain.
“I became a vegetarian more than 30 years ago, and almost immediately felt healthier and I had more energy. But being vegetarian doesn’t just help your body, it also helps your mind,” he said. “Studies show that the more meat you eat, the greater your risk is of developing Alzheimer’s disease.”
In addition to eating a meat-free diet, Bob stayed active up until two months before his death. His longtime companion Nancy Burnet told NBC News in a statement that “Bob Barker was routinely having conversations and participating in bedside exercises” up until June.
Bob Barker died on August 26 at the age of 99.
Barker’s rep announced his death saying that the tv icon had died peacefully at his home in Los Angeles. His publicist told NBC News, “There will be no funeral or memorial service per his wishes and he is buried next to his wife at Forest Lawn cemetery in Los Angeles.”
Bob was married to his wife, Dorothy Jo Gideon, from 1945 until her death in 1981. Dorothy died of lung cancer at the age of 57. Barker never remarried and the couple never had children.
Bob Barker hosted “The Price Is Right” from 1972 to 2007. Barker won 18 Daytime Emmys, as well as a Daytime Emmy Award for lifetime achievement in 1999 for his role on the game show. He was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 2004.