WASHINGTON — The voice host of the ABC’s “The Voice,” Mark Burnett, has died at the age of 85.
Burnett died Sunday morning in a nursing home in California, ABC News reported.
He was diagnosed with lung cancer on Feb. 1, the network said in a statement.
Burnett, who began his career as a television news reporter in the early 1950s, started hosting the “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in 1966.
Burnett has hosted “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and “The Late Late Show” on NBC.
He also hosted the “Today” show, “Good Morning America,” and “Good Night America” on ABC.
He died surrounded by his family at his home in Santa Monica, California, the company said.
He grew up in San Francisco, attended Stanford University and the University of Southern California.
He is survived by his wife of more than 40 years, Lisa; sons Michael and Ben; and daughter, Annabelle.
Burnett was inducted into the American Academy of Dramatic Arts Hall of Fame in 2010.
“The voice of America has been a pillar of our television news for over a century.
I have lost one of the most respected voices of our time,” the late host said in the statement.
“Mark Burnett was the voice of the nation for more than two decades.
He loved life, and his passion for telling the stories of people around the world has inspired and enriched generations of television viewers around the globe.
I am truly honored and grateful for his friendship and service to our country.
His death is a loss to the world, and to the many people who knew him as a voice.”
Burnett is survived with his wife, Lisa, and two children, Michael and Benjamin.
He received the National Medal of Arts in 2004.
Burnett will be remembered for his love of television and for his contribution to entertainment.
“His impact on the nation’s radio and television networks will live on forever,” NBC said in its statement.