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Ed McMahon has died at the age of 86. He was awesome.

The former TV mainstay passed away at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in California this morning, following a battle with myriad health problems.

McMahon's fight against cancer had been well-documented over the past year. He is survived by his wife Pam and six children from previous marriages.

He is best known as Johnny Carson's sidekick on The Tonight Show for many years, during which he coined his catchphrase, "Heeeeeeeeere's Johnny!"

Ed McMahon (1923-2009).

McMahon also hosted Star Search and TV Bloopers and Practical Jokes with Dick Clark. He made a number of film appearances and TV guest starring roles.

Prior to show business, was a colonel in the United States Marines and a fighter pilot who served during the late 1940s and 1950s. A real American hero!

While financial and health problems consumed the last few years of his life, McMahon will always be one of entertainment world's great icons. Farewell, Ed.