We've had a lot of celebrity deaths this year!
DON Lane, the expatriate American who became a giant of Aussie TV, has died at age 75.
Channel 9, the station that hosted Don Lane's long-running show has reported the death this afternoon.
The multiple-Logie winner died from a dementia-related illness this morning, his manager Jayne Ambrose said.
"His son is devastated and Australia has suffered a great loss today," Ambrose said.
Ambrose said the funeral for the 75-year-old would be held on Friday with a public memorial to be announced.
"He passed away late this morning. It was a dementia-related illness," she said.
"It's a very sad day for the family."
Lane had been living in a care facility since 2008, when reports surfaced that he was suffering from dementia.
The American-born Lane was best known for his work on the hugely successful Don Lane Show, which ran on the Nine Network from the 1970s until 1983.
It was on the show that he formed a close friendship with fellow entertainer Bert Newton.
Lane won more than 15 Logies during his career and in 2003 he was inducted in the Australian Logies Hall of Fame.
He made a guest appearance on the ABC's Late Show in 1993 and hosted American NFL broadcasts for the ABC in the 1990s.
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