Huell Howser died of prostate cancer, according to his official death certificate.
The document, first obtained by TMZ, notes that 67-year-old host of KCET's "California's Gold" died Jan. 7, 2013 at 2:35 a.m. The certificate also says that Howser's remains were cremated and scattered off the coast of Los Angeles County.
His parents' names are another interesting detail on the certificate; Howser's first name, "Huell," is a combination of his father's name, Harold, and his mother's name, Jewell.
Howser retired from is long-running public TV show in Nov. 2012 amid rumors he was seriously ill, reported the Los Angeles Times last year.
The day after Howser died, friend and producer Ryan Morris confirmed to NBC LA that the broadcaster had been battling cancer for the past two years.
Howser was memorialized Tuesday during a public "Sunset Salute" service at Griffith Observatory organized by LA councilmember Tom LaBonge.
In a previous phone interview, Morris told The Huffington Post that the best way to remember Howser and his legacy was to visit Chapman University in Orange, Calif. The TV host had donated his life's work, including artifacts and a desert retreat, to the university in the years before his death. The records are also available online.
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Visiting With Huell Howser The Whistling DIva and the Wizard of Bras
"Visiting" with Huell Howser in Monrovia, CA. Featuring Carole Anne Kaufman - World Champion Whistler with cameo appearance by her mom, the true Wizard of Bras, Bonnie Kaufman. Here is the full episode with much edutainment about whistling and more. Enjoy and let us know what you think. www.whistlingdiva.com www.wizardofbras.com Thank you Huell.
A tribute to Huell Howser of California's Gold
RIP Huell Howser (1945 - 2013) A tribute to the man who could make anything interesting. This is a random assortment of some of my favorite moments from California's Gold. Credit to KCET for the footage.
Huell Howser announces California's Gold Scholarship
www.huellhowserarcive.com Huell Howser discusses the California's Gold Scholarship he established at Chapman University in Orange, CA, during a rooftop event at his beloved El Royale in Los Angeles. He talks about the importance of a legacy that will live on "after everyone who has ever seen 'California's Gold' is gone..." For more Huell Howser videos and episodes of "California's Gold," go to huellhowserarchive.com
Huell Howser visiting the APPLE PAN PT 1
Part one of Huell Howser frrom his show "Visiting..." goes to the Apple Pan in West Los Angeles, first in 1992, then again in 2009. www.applepan.com 10801 W Pico Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90064-2105 (310) 475-3585
Huell Howser: Lord of the Flies
Huell Howser, Lord of the Flies. "California's Gold" host Huell Howser makes an update visit to Mono Lake. As usual, he gets distracted. LOL
Huell Howser Videolog "Elephant Man" (original segment)
In 1988, Huell attended a touching reunion between Charlie Franks, an 80-year-old elephant trainer, and Nita, the elephant he had raised from a baby of five years. When Charlie retired in the early 1970s after traveling the world with his beloved performing elephant, he donated her to the San Diego Wild Animal Park, and hadn't seen her for 15 years. Charlie passed away shortly after the segment. Nita died in 2009 at the age of 60. The video remains as a tribute.
Huell Howser Visits Old Town Temecula
Huell Howser Visits Old Town Temecula, CA
I love Huell Howser
But sometimes the things that he says cracks me up.
Huell Howser @ the Golden Gate Bridge
Huell Howser at the Golden Gate Bridge
Yosemite Firefall with Huell Howser Pt. 1
A California's Gold Classic. Enjoy. This is from an old video tape. If you want a clean copy on DVD, order it from calgold.com.
Best Huell Howser Quote
Huell stands on a field of horse manure.
Los Angeles Flower Market Tour with Johnny Mellano (Part 1 of 2)
Johnny Mellano and Huell Howser of the TV Show "California's Gold" tour the Los Angeles Flower Market mid 1990s.
California's Gold #12002 "RAIN BIRD"
Huell explores the history of Rain Bird, a sprinkler manufacturer with a remarkable history beginning with a Glendora citrus farmer named Orton Englehart who invented the first impact sprinklers in the 1930s. Rain Bird also demonstrates their latest in sprinkler technology.
Huell Howser-Champion Turf Saddle Equipment Manufacturers-How Saddles are Made
Watch Huell Howser visiting one of the only manufacturers of western saddles which are still made in the USA. See how saddles are made, the fine craftsmanship and expertise involved in producing the finest line of US horse saddles and tack in the country at Champion Turf Equipment in Los Angeles California.
Visiting...With Huell Howser #1817 - GLENDORA CASTLE
Huell has produced thousands of shows over the last 25 years and there have been many fan favorites. One of the all time greats has to be the old Videolog, "Rubel's Castle". Michael Rubel took Huell on the grand tour of his hand made home and charmed us all. Michael has since passed away and the Castle is now managed by the Glendora Historical Society with the help of Michael's nephew Scott. Huell gets an update tour of this iconic location. www.glendorahistoricalsociety.org
Huell Howser's New Job
Adam Carolla and Dana Gould discuss the antics of popular television show host Huell Howser and suggest a more fitting career. (Audio from the Adam Carolla podcast.) Be sure to hit the "like" button if this made you laugh... even if it was just a little!
Visiting...With Huell Howser #1902 - PANORAMA UPDATE
Huell starts this update with clips from the original episode, then Huell heads to the new home of the Panorama and meets up with Sara to see what has changed and what you can expect if you choose to visit.
Huell Howser's California Green Episode #134 (May 2010) - Part 1
Huell Howser investigates innovative and creative ways Californians are solving environmental challenges. Howser visits Gills Onions, which is not only the largest onion processing plant in California but also the greenest. Each day they convert over 150 tons of onion peel and juice waste to power fuel cells on site that provide enough power to run the lights and refrigeration.
Water Innovations - Stretching our Water Needs
Huell Howser tours the Delta for a first hand look at some innovative water projects. Projects that are expanding wetlands to not only improve water volume for farm and residential use, but also to improve wildlife habitat. Huell also visits a project that turns farm waste-water into valuable irrigation water and high-tech advances in gauging root moisture that literally saves tons of water.
Road Trip With Huell Howser #149 - FERNDALE
Join Huell and step back in time as he takes a Road Trip to Ferndale - an entire town that officially holds the distinction of being California Historic Landmark #883! Among the many stops Huell sees some of the beautiful Victorian architecture, gets some refreshment at the westernmost bar in the continental USA, visits a historic pharmacy, a Gingerbread Mansion and meets all the wonderful people who live in the community. After the Road Trip is over stay tuned for a bonus visit to Clendenen's Cider Works in Fortuna - home to some of the best fresh squeezed apple cider in the state!