Death of Johnny Carson

October 23, 1925 - January 23, 2005
Los Angeles, California | Age 79

Late-night TV king dies at 79
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From the White House to Hollywood, the loss of Johnny Carson is hitting home. The 30-year host of the "Tonight Show'' died yesterday at 79. NBC says Carson's death was the result of complications from emphysema. At the request of his family, there won't be a memorial service.

Johnny Carson didn't invent the late-night TV talk show but he made the most of it.

His "Tonight Show'' monologues, celebrity banter and the corny but winning skits all had the Carson touch of heartland...

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