Turner Classic Movies presenter Robert Osborne dies at 84

TCM host Robert Osborne arrives for the world premiere of the 45th Anniversary Restoration of "Funny Girl" at the Opening Night Gala of the 2013 TCM Classic Film Festival in Los Angeles on April 25, 2013. Osborne has died at the age of 84, TCM announced Monday.File Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI

March 6 (UPI) — Film historian and television personality Robert Osborne has died at the age of 84, TCM announced Monday.

“Today we say good-bye to a dear member of our TCM family. Our thoughts are with all who love, as we do, Robert Osborne. #TCMRemembers,” the cable network tweeted, along with a 90-second video tribute to the famed movie-lover and interviewer.

Today we say good-bye to a dear member of our TCM family. Our thoughts are with all who love, as we do, Robert Osborne.

“All of us at Turner Classic Movies are deeply saddened by the death of Robert Osborne. Robert was a beloved member of the Turner family for more than 23 years,” Jennifer Dorian, TCM’s general manager, said in a statement.

“He joined us as an expert on classic film and grew to be our cherished colleague and esteemed ambassador for TCM. Robert was embraced by devoted fans who saw him as a trusted expert and friend. His calming presence, gentlemanly style, encyclopedic knowledge of film history, fervent support for film preservation and highly personal interviewing style all combined to make him a truly world-class host. Robert’s contributions were fundamental in shaping TCM into what it is today and we owe him a debt of gratitude that can never be repaid. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this time.”

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