Legendary ‘SNL’ Announcer Don Pardo Dead at 96
Legendary "Saturday Night Live" announcer Don Pardo passed away last night at his home in Tuscon, Arizona at the age of 96. No details of his death have been released yet.
Pardo had been with "SNL" since its debut in 1975. By then he was already a 31-year veteran at NBC. He was the announcer of the original versions of "Jeopardy" and "The Price is Right".
He was also one of the first people to inform America of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22nd, 1963.
Pardo was replaced on "SNL" during the 1981-82 season, but otherwise only missed a handful of shows due to illness.
In 2004 he was given a lifetime contract with NBC. He and Bob Hope were the only two people ever with that honor.
Don's wife passed away in 1995, but he's survived by three daughters, two sons, five grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.
Here's Don introducing his final episode, the season 39 finale featuring Adam Samberg, this past May.