From U.S. Marine fighting pilot and Colonel to Brigadier General, Edward “Ed” Peter Leo McMahon will be sadly missed as he died today, just after midnight, at the age of 86.
Most knew Ed as Johnny Carson’s sidekick on The Tonight Show with Ed’s trademark hearty laugh and comical style. Let’s face it, Ed was as cute as a patriotic teddy bear, but Carson was not the only one to be blessed by McMahon’s talents and
Ed was a serving U.S. Marines fighter pilot before being discharged in 1946. That didn’t stop Ed from what he loved. Ed returned and was sent to Korea in 1953. Ed completed his second wind in 1966 as Colonel. Ed was also noted as being a Brigadier General in California’s Air National Guard.
Between and after the earlier years of television and radio Ed scored work. 1962 is when Ed climbed aboard the Carson show after appearing on spots in shows. Following that moment Ed’s face found it’s way in movies to being the noted co-host to the Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon each year. Ed also fancied Dick Clark with his humor through appearance on Dick’s show. However, later, most wanted to see Ed off the screen and headed towards their door.
Ring My Bell Ed!!!
From Johnny’s side to ringing doorbells across America, everyone wanted to shake Ed’s hand! Publishers Clearing House Prize Patrol used Ed as the “Go For Man”, as Ed would offer huge checks of hope for average American families.
Then the rainbow began to unfold as the second millennium reached.
Ed’s Beverly Hills home was subject to black mold, a mold that took Ed’s beloved dog Muffin’s life and made Ed’s wife and others sick within their home. 2003 would prove that black mold was the silent killer and contributed to the illnesses that would follow.
Six years later in 2008 Ed broke his neck and suffered during two botched surgeries in 2007. His recovery took more time and energy than Ed could have endured, but Ed never gave up with his family by his side. The McMahon family has had their share of problems with situations out of their hands.
August 14, 2008 – – Ed McMahon’s home was being threatened by foreclosure and Donald Trump wanted to buy Ed’s house and lease it back to Ed so Ed could still remain there. However, Ed declined due to taking another offer that followed with one more offer. Both offers fells through, but Don didn’t stop there. He still offered Ed an option. It is not known whether or not Ed truly considered taking Don’s deal, as Don reassures that the deal was from the heart to another.
But then came 2009:
February 2009 – – Ed was diagnosed with bone cancer and admitted into a Los Angeles hospital with pneumonia according to his publicist. However, this still remains to be confirmed. Either way, Ed had difficulties in the following months underneath the wings of hope.
A long journey of test, trial and human will, Ed faced more than most could endure in three lifetimes. Sometime after the strike of midnight Ed’s battles had ceased to exist, as Ed took his final breath on June 23, 2009 at the Ronald Regan UCLA Medical Center. Ed was said to have died peacefully.
Ed McMahon will sadly be missed by many inside and outside of the California lights.