Popular Children TV Show Host And Comedian Chuck McCann Dies at 83
A hero to kids of all ages in the 1960s, a man who recorded the popular line "I'm cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs!", a TV host and a comedian who is a big inspiration is no longer with us. Chuck McCann Dies at 83 due to congenital heart failure.
- Everyone's favorite TV show host, actor, comedian, and puppeteer Chuck McCann is no more.
- He died on Sunday, April 8 from congenital heart failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
- His publicist Edward Lozzi confirmed the news.
- He was the part of several popular children shows including Rootie Kazootie and Captain Kangaroo.
- He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Fanning, and two daughters Siobhan McCann and Jennifer McCann.
McCann who has been a part of several successful TV series like The Powerpuff Girls, The Garfield Show, Fantastic Four, and Starsky And Hutch died of congestive heart failure in a Los Angeles hospital.
His spokesperson Edward Lozzi paid him a tribute stating:
"His work was legendary. What baby boomer doesn't know 'cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs'?"
He further added:
"We all grew up with him. "He was a pioneer."
He is survived by his wife Betty Fanning and three children. He tied the knot to fanning in 1977; they were together for 40 years until the death tears them apart. McCann has three children from his previous marriage; a son named Sean McCann and two daughters Siobhan McCann and Jennifer McCann.
It is a huge loss for Hollywood and many fans and celebrities have paid him a tribute.
Mary Poppins Returns star Dick Van Dyke twitted:
"So sad to hear of the passing of Chuck McCann. We were friends for over 60 years. Chuck was a walking encyclopedia of comedy. A self-appointed historian of Laurel and Hardy. He taught me how to do Stanley and we performed as that sweet duo..."
Similarly, filmmaker Christopher Hamby said:
"Earlier this evening, we lost a legend in television, film, comedy and cartoon voice characterizations. Remembering ChuckMcCann (1934-2018, who was also one of the original founding members of the Laurel & Hardy fan appreciation society, "Sons of the Desert" in New York). RIP."
Night of the Comet star, Kelli Maroney paid her tribute twitting:
"Rest in Paradise, Chuck McCann. Thank you for all the laughter. We are going to miss you."
May his soul rest in peace.