Popular Children TV Show Host And Comedian Chuck McCann Dies at 83

News by Dabria Published on 09 Apr,2018 Updated on 09 Apr,2018

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.

CAPTION: Popular Children TV Show Host Chuck McCann Dies at 83 From Congenital Heart Failure SOURCE: NY Daily News

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.

CAPTION: Chuck McCann With His Wife Of 40 Years Betty Fanning. The Couple Got Married In 1977 SOURCE: Promiflash

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.