Sam Rubin Dies: Popular KTLA Entertainment Reporter Was 64

LOS ANGELES - AUG 13: Sam Rubin at the Disney's "Kickin' It" PaleyFest Family 2011 Event at Paley Center for Media on the August 13, 2011 in Beverly HIlls, CA — Photo by Jean Nelson/Deposit Photos

Sam Rubin, a beloved entertainment journalist on KTLA-TV in Los Angeles, has died. He was 64.

The station reported Rubin’s death Friday on its 1 p.m. broadcast, with news anchor Frank Buckley delivering the news.

“We have the profoundly sad duty to report that our friend and colleague, Sam Rubin, has died. Our hearts, as you can imagine, are broken. Quite simply, Sam was KTLA,” Buckley said through tears. “His laugh, his charm, his caring personality to all of us he shared his mornings with on television, and to those who worked with him behind the scenes at KTLA, we will not forget him.”

“The role that he cherished most, was husband and father,” Buckley continued.

Variety reported Rubin died at his home of a heart attack.

Rubin joined KTLA in 1991, according to his biography on the station’s website. He read entertainment headlines throughout the morning news block, traveled around the world interviewing actors, directors and producers, and was known for his upbeat celebrity interviews.

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He was a multiple Emmy Award winner. He received a Golden Mike Award for best entertainment reporter and a lifetime achievement award from the Southern California Broadcasters Association. He was also named best entertainment reporter by the Los Angeles Press Club.

Rubin was a regular contributor on BBC television and radio in the U.K. He contributed to Triple M radio and Channel 9 television network in Australia. He was also a frequent presence on the Reelz Channel, offering insight and analysis about films.

His production company, SRE, Inc. produced more than 200 hours of broadcast and cable programming, including several “Live From” red carpet shows and 120 episodes of the talk show Hollywood Uncensored.

Rubin was one of the founding members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the largest organization of film and television critics in the U.S.

Having worked with Sam at Reelz and at KTLA, I can personally say he was kind, beloved by his colleagues, and a mentor to up-and-coming journalists.

Sam Rubin lived in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, and is survived by his wife Leslie and their four children.

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