Longtime TV host John McLaughlin dies at 89

Longtime TV host John McLaughlin dies at 89
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John McLaughlin, host of the television show “The McLaughlin Group” for 34 straight years, died Tuesday morning at the age of 89, according to a post on the show’s Facebook page.
 
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“As a former jesuit priest, teacher, pundit and news host, John touched many lives,” the post reads. “For 34 years, The McLaughlin Group informed millions of Americans. Now he has said bye bye for the last time, to rejoin his beloved dog, Oliver, in heaven. He will always be remembered.”
 
On Monday, McLaughlin was absent from the show, breaking his hosting streak of 34 years, seven months and one week.
 
"I am under the weather,” McLaughlin said in a note at the beginning of this week’s episode. He added that his voice was “weaker than usual,” but "my spirit is strong and my dedication to the show remains absolute!”
 
McLaughlin was mourned by social media users as word spread of his death Tuesday:
 
 
- Updated at 4:35 p.m.