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Richard Dawson Diagnosed with Cancer Only Three Weeks Before Death

Three weeks ago, Richard Dawson thought he was suffering from heartburn.

The late Hogan’s Hero actor-turned-game show host, fondly remembered for his lips-on approach to his Family Feud contestants, then found out he had esophageal cancer, according to his children.

Richard Dawson Dies

Richard Dawson, the English actor-turned-game show host who seldom shied away from giving his kiss of approval to female contestants on Family Feud, has died. He was 79.

Dawson died Saturday night at Los Angeles’s Ronald Reagan Memorial hospital due to complications related to his esophageal cancer, according to his son Gary, the Associated Press reports.