Robin Leach, chronicler of 'Lifestyles of Rich and Famous,' has died at 76

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Robin Leach poses for a portrait in February 1991 in Los Angeles, California. 
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Robin Leach, the celebrity journalist who made a career of ogling lavish living on TV's "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," died early Friday in Las Vegas, where he had been working for the Las Vegas Review Journal. He was 76.

His death was reported by the Review-Journal Friday.

The Review-Journal quoted a family statement that said Leach died "peacefully at 1:50 a.m."

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"Despite the past 10 months, what a beautiful life he had. Our Dad, Grandpa, Brother, Uncle and friend Robin Leach passed away peacefully last night at 1:50 a.m. Everyone's support and love over the past, almost one year, has been incredible and we are so grateful. Memorial arrangements to follow," said the statement from Leach's sons Steven, Gregg and Rick Leach.