Richard Dawson, 79, died on June 2 of complications caused by esophageal cancer.
The British comic was famous for his role as POW Peter Newkirk on Hogan’s Heroes, and his appearance on “The Match Game” led to a recurring role on the sitcom “Hogan’s Heroes.”
He also played Capt. Peter Newkirk on “Hogan’s Heroes” in the 1960s.
During his marriage to Diana Dors, Richard Dawson married her and they had two children.
He was diagnosed with oesophageal cancer, which later led to his death. His second wife, Gretchen Johnson, was born in San Diego.
The two were married in 1959. The Dawsons were separated in 1965 and divorced in 1982.
His son Gary says that his father had been in a stable mental state before he died.
Aside from his career as a comedian, Dawson was known for his roles in TV shows such as Hogan’s Heroes, Family Feud, and The Match Game.
He was a frequent panelist on the latter from 1976 to 1985, as well as the first and third hosts of the latter.
His son Mark and daughter Shannon are the only survivors of his marriage. They are survived by his wife Gretchen. He died from complications related to esophageal cancer.
According to the cause of death, Dawson was suffering from esophageal cancer.
He met Gretchen Johnson in the spring of 1990 on the television show “Family Feud,” which he later married in 1991.
The couple had a daughter named Shannon in 1992. The two divorced a year later. The cause of his death remains unknown. This British actor died of complications related to esophageal cancer.