John McLaughlin, the host and creator of the long-running PBS public affairs show, “The McLaughlin Group,” died Tuesday morning. He was 89 years old.
His death comes just days after he told viewers he was feeling “under the weather” and could not host last week's show.
It was the first time McLaughlin was absent in the show's 34-year history.
The program had a long partnership with WTTW, which was the presenting station for the show to the PBS marketplace. It aired here on WTTW11 on Saturday nights and was known for its lively political discussions.
A statement posted Tuesday on the show's Facebook page said McLaughin died peacefully. The cause of his death was not disclosed.
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