So sad! John McLaughlin, the longtime host of the show ‘The McLaughlin Group’, has died at the age of 89, as confirmed by the program’s official Facebook page on Aug. 16. The political commentator will be undeniably missed by his fans and friends.
The McLaughlin Group Facebook page posted a message on Aug. 16, sharing the heartbreaking news that the show’s star had passed away. “Earlier this morning, a beloved friend and mentor, Dr. John McLaughlin, passed away peacefully at the age of 89. As a former jesuit priest, teacher, pundit and news host, John touched many lives,” the message read.
“For 34 years, The McLaughlin Group informed millions of Americans. Now he has said bye bye for the last time, to rejoin his beloved dog, Oliver, in heaven. He will always be remembered.” Our hearts are with John’s family, and those looking for details on the memorial can check the Facebook page for updates.
John has hosted the show since its debut in 1982, and the program involved him moderating a panel of political experts and journalists, including Pat Buchanan, Eleanor Clift, Clarence Page and Tom Rogan. Before that, he worked as a speechwriter for President Richard Nixon in the 1970s, then wrote for National Review in the ’80s.
The host missed his first appearance on the show in 34 years on Aug. 14 — just days before he passed away. “I am under the weather,” he wrote in a note before the episode aired, explaining that his normally booming voice was “weaker than usual” (Pat Buchanan stepped in for him in the episode). He added, “My spirit is strong and my dedication to the show remains absolute!” It’s devastating to think that John posted that without knowing he’d be leaving this world a few days later.
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