UPDATE JUNE 12: Former "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" host Robin Leach, who had a stroke in November, is returning to Las Vegas to continue his recovery.
The 76-year-old gossip and entertainment columnist most recently received care from The Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.
His son says his father is in "good spirits" and "looks great." He also says Leach has lost a lot of weight and he winks and smiles when family and friends visit him.
Steven Leach also said that his dad's road to recovery is a "long and difficult one" but he believes that his father will get there with continued support of family and friends.
Leach helped launch The Food Network and moved to Las Vegas in 1999 to work with celebrity chefs at The Venetian Las Vegas. His coverage of arts and entertainment in Las Vegas began with the Las Vegas section of America Online, and he operated his own successful website, VegasDeLuxe.com, for eight years at the Las Vegas Sun before moving to the Las Vegas Review-Journal in 2016. Mr. Leach most recently began hosting “Food Quest” on The Food Network and competed for charity on ABC’s “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” during Las Vegas Celebrity Week.
The newspaper is reporting that Leach began having problems last Tuesday while in Cabo San Lucas. His son, Steve Leach, arranged to have him brought back to Las Vegas.
Leach was admitted to the ICU at St. Rose Dominican. He was transferred to the hospital's rehab facility in Henderson last Friday.
Leach had a setback on Monday night after his lungs began filling with blood following a procedure. Steve Leach says that he and his brothers are encouraged by Robin's strength and determination to return to journalism.
Leach was born in 1941 in England and rose to fame as the host of the "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," which profiled various celebrities, their homes and cars. He hosted the show from 1984 to 1995 (it was renamed "Lifestyles with Robin Leach and Shari Belafonte" during its final season). His catchphrase from the show was "Champagne wishes and caviar dreams!"
Before the television show, he wrote for a number of publications including "New York Daily News," "People" and "Ladies Home Journal."
He has resided in Las Vegas since 1999. He wrote for the Las Vegas Sun and the VegasDeluxe.com website from 2008 through 2016. He was then hired by the Las Vegas Review-Journal (his column is on hold while he recovers). He is also known for hosting a variety of events and serving as a judge for various competitions in Las Vegas.