The Life Of ‘Family Feud’ Star Richard Dawson

He Smoked Nearly Four Packs Of Cigarettes A Day

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Dawson was heavily addicted to nicotine. At one point he smoked nearly four packs of cigarettes a day. Dawson is even depicted smoking cigarettes in some episodes of Match Game and Family Feud. The game show host finally quit smoking in 1994 when he was 64 years with the encouragement of his daughter, Shannon.

Unfortunately, Dawson was eventually diagnosed with esophageal cancer. He died at the age of 79 in Los Angeles, California, on June 2, 2012. He had three children and four grandchildren.