15 January 2013 3:05 PM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

TV icon Huell Howser -- who hosted Kcet's "California's Gold" for 18 seasons -- died after a battle with prostate cancer ... this according to his official death certificate, obtained by TMZ. Howser passed away at 2:35 Am on January 7 at his home in Palm Springs, CA ... just a short time after he quietly and unexpectedly retired from TV. According to the death certificate, filed with the Dept. of Health, Huell's remains were cremated ... and his ashes »

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