Jim Fowler, the longtime host of “Wild Kingdom,” has died. He was 89.
Fowler died Wednesday at his home in Norwalk, Conn., according to a statement from his family obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. No further details were provided.
“We honor Jim Fowler, who passed away on May 8, 2019. Jim was a true wildlife icon,” read a Thursday tweet from the “Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom’ social media account.
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Fowler is survived by his wife, a wildlife artist, and the couple’s children Mark and Carrie, per The Hollywood Reporter.
Fowler co-hosted the Emmy-winning nature series alongside fellow zoologist Marlin Perkins starting in 1963 — when the show launched — until Perkins’ retirement in 1985. Fowler then hosted solo for several years and returned for its revival in 2002.
He also served as a wildlife correspondent for NBC’s “Today.”