Former ‘Today’ and ‘20/20’ Host Hugh Downs Dies at 99

July 2, 2020

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Legendary news broadcaster Hugh Downs, who had long stints hosting “Today” and “20/20” has died. He was 99.

Downs’ family announced his death in a statement, according to the New York Times.

He passed away at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona on Wednesday night surrounded by loved ones. Downs' family said his death was not related to coronavirus, according to CBS in Arizona.

Downs is best known for co-hosting "Today" from 1962 to 1971 and "20/20" from 1978 until his retirement in 1999.

In addition, he hosted the game show "Concentration" from 1958 to 1969 and was the announcer and sidekick on "Tonight Starring Jack Paar" from 1957 - 1962.

Downs is survived by two children, Hugh R. “H.R.” Downs and Deidre Downs; a brother; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

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