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10/13/2012 02:15 pm ET Updated Oct 14, 2012

Gary Collins Dead: Legendary TV Actor And Host Dies At 74

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 11:  Former television host Gary Collins attends the Associates for Breast and Prostate Cancer St
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - OCTOBER 11: Former television host Gary Collins attends the Associates for Breast and Prostate Cancer Studies13th Annual Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel October11, 2002 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

Legendary TV actor and host, Gary Collins, passed away early this morning in Biloxi, Miss., at the age of 74.

Harrison County Deputy Coroner Brian Switzer tells TMZ that Collins died of natural causes just before 1:00 a.m. at Biloxi Regional Medical Center.

Appearing on hit shows, such as "JAG," "Charlie's Angels," "Fantasy Island" and "The Love Boat," Collins was best known for hosting the talk show "Hour Magazine" from 1980 to 1988. He also hosted the Miss America Pageant from 1985 to 1989.

Collins, who separated from his wife of 44 years, Mary Ann Mobley, last year, has three children -- daughter Mary with Mobley and Guy and Mimi with his previous wife, Susan Peterson.

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