Ed McMahon Dead at 86


Sad news out of Los Angeles, where Ed McMahon passed away early this morning at 86. The erstwhile Tonight Show sidekick, Publishers Clearing House American Family Publishers spokesman and amateur rapper had been suffering from pneumonia since February; another report this morning cited a source close to McMahon who said he'd been battling bone cancer recently as well. A few favorite video recollections -- and your condolences -- after the jump.

Crank the volume in get in a few last "hiyooooo"s...

And look back on the way we love to remember Big Ed -- not as the foreclosed-upon Cash4Gold mascot of late, but as the delightfully tipsy foil perennially at Johnny Carson's right hand:

Rest in peace, sir.

· Ed McMahon, America's Top Second Banana, Dies [NYT]