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Bathed in the rays of a Los Angeles sunset, hundreds of fans gathered near Griffith Observatory Tuesday to pay tribute to a man they believed was truly "California's Gold."

The hour-long public sunset memorial on Mount Hollywood was held to honor Huell Howser, the folksy travel host who died on Jan. 7 after decades of highlighting California's people and landmarks.

"Huell you are amaaaaaazing," proclaimed pop-culture humorist Charles Phoenix, using one of the host's favorite terms as he shouted up into the sky during the tribute. "Thank you, Huell, for sharing the stories and the glories of the greatest state in the country like nobody else."

The 67-year-old Tennessee native had been battling cancer for the last two years and died at his home in Palm Springs. The memorial, organized by Los Angeles City Councilman Tom Labonge, was held just a few miles away from the home he kept in Los Angeles off Rossmore Avenue. »


- Los Angeles Daily News

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