23 January 2005

Johnny Carson Dies

US TV Legend Johnny Carson Dies

American TV star Johnny Carson has died at the age of 79, after losing a battle with the respiratory disease emphysema.

The legendary former host of NBC's Tonight Show was first diagnosed with the disease three years ago.

Carson retired from the top-rated late-night entertainment show in 1992 after 30 years as one of the most popular TV personalities in the US.

For many years, Carson smoked while the programme was on air. Emphysema is often associated with smoking.

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Published: 2005/01/23 19:05:54 GMT



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