By Laura Hertzfeld
Updated January 07, 2013 at 09:30 PM EST

Huell Howser, longtime host of Los Angeles local television show California’s Gold, has died at 67. KCET, the station that produced his show, shared the news on their Facebook page: “KCET regrets to inform you that Huell Howser passed away last night. We are saddened by the loss. will be launching a page later today where Huell fans can share their favorite memories of him.” Howser retired from California’s Gold late last year.

A household name in Southern California, Howser brought to life the hidden corners of Los Angeles and beyond on the travel magazine-style show California’s Gold and various other programs, including Visiting with Huell Howser, throughout his career. Originally from Tennessee, Howser adopted California as his home after moving to L.A. in 1981, working at KCBS and Entertainment Tonight before landing at then-PBS affiliate KCET in 1985.