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Passing Of A Television Icon: 'Mary Tyler Moore Show' And 'Love Boat' Star Gavin MacLeod Dead At 90

May. 30 2021, Published 9:38 a.m. ET

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Television icon, Gavin MacLeod, the beloved captain of The Love Boat and joking news writer for The Mary Tyler Moore Show has died. He was 90.

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Ed Ashner who co-starred alongside MacLeod on The Mary Tyler Moore Show paid a somber tribute to his long-time friend on Twitter after hearing of his death.

"My heart is broken. Gavin was my brother, my partner in crime (and food) and my comic conspirator. I will see you in a bit Gavin. Tell the gang I will see them in a bit. Betty! It’s just you and me now," Asner wrote.

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MacLeod's nephew Mark announced that the actor died in the early morning hours on Saturday. While according to TMZ, which was first to report the news, MacLeod had been ill for some time. However, no cause of death has yet to be announced.

Princess Cruise Line also paid their respects in a statement which read, "It is with sadness felt to the depth of the oceans that we mourn the passing of actor Gavin MacLeod our beloved global ambassador, dearest friend and treasured member of the Princess Cruises family for more than 35 years.

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"All of us at Princess Cruises and our loyal guests around the world whom, to this day, remain avid fans of Gavin's, send our heartfelt condolences to his wife Patricia (Patti) and his entire family who have lost a loving husband, father and grandfather," the statement continued. "We offer our sincerest gratitude to them for sharing Gavin with all of us for so many years."

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Born Allan George See, MacLeod studied acting at Ithaca College and later served in the Air Force. However, his love for acting remained and after being discharged he changed his name and got a job as a usher and elevator operator at Radio City Music Hall.

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Soon after MacLeod earned several roles both on Broadway and on television. But it was his breakthrough role as Murray Slaughter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show during the '70s that made him a household name. MacLeod earned two Golden Globes nominations for his endearing character.

But it was MacLeod's portrayal of The Love Boat's Captain Stubing that would lead to super-stardom and change his life forever. MacLeod remained on the show for nine seasons and earned three more Golden Globe nominations in the process.

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In his 2013 memoir, This Is Your Captain Speaking: My Fantastic Voyage Through Hollywood, Faith & Life, MacLeod looked back on his life and career including two heart attacks, two marriages and his battle with drugs, alcohol and depression.

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"I've gotten to do what I wanted to do. I've been a captain!" Macleod wrote. "I've been given this incredible gift of life and now I want to use it to give back. That's why I'm sharing my story here, the fun parts and even some not-so-fun parts, in the hopes that maybe someone will take a nice walk down memory lane with me — and maybe I'll even give someone a little bit of hope."

He is survived by his wife Patti Kendig, (whom he married, divorced and remarried) and his four children.

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