It is a sad day in California.
Iconic TV host Huell Howser has died, according to KCET.
Howser, who hosted several public television programs including California's Gold, was 67.
He died Sunday night of natural causes, said Ayn Allen, communication manager for KCET, which produces California's Gold.
"This is a tremendous personal and professional loss to his friends and colleagues, as well as his legions of fans," the station said in an emailed statement. " "Huell elevated the simple joys and undiscovered nuggets of living in our great state. He made the magnificence and power of nature seem accessible by bringing it into our living rooms. Most importantly, he reminded us to find the magic and wonderment in our lives every day."
The statement applauds Howser for bringing attention to previously obscure parts of the state and showing the wonder of them.
"From pastrami sandwiches and artwork woven from lint to the exoticism of cactus gardens and the splendor of Yosemite--he brought us the magic, the humor and poignancy of our region," the statement says. "We will miss him very much."
He retired in November, amid speculation that he might be ill, but he didn't provide details at that time.
Howser moved to Los Angeles in 1991 from his native Tennessee, according to his website, Huell Howser Productions.
The Tennessee native and Marine Corps veteran began his television career in Nashville on commercial television. After stints in New York City and Los Angeles, Howser joined public television station KCET in Los Angeles.
"California's Gold," after 19 years in production, has been called unslick and charming. His shows are often sprinkled with Howser uttering "That's amazing!"