Sam Rubin on This Morning

This Morning’s Hollywood correspondent Sam Rubin died of a heart attack at 64

Sam died in May

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This Morning Hollywood reporter Sam Rubin died from a heart attack at the age of 64, it’s been revealed.

In May, the news broke of Sam’s death and daytime hosts Ben Shephard and Cat Deeley paid tribute to him on air.

It came after Alison Hammond, Rochelle Humes, Craig Doyle and Josie Gibson led the UK tributes to much-loved presenter.

This Morning posted the news to their social media accounts at the time too.

In a statement shared to social media on July 9, Sam’s employers at KTLA said: “Beloved KTLA 5 News entertainment anchor Sam Rubin died from a heart attack brought on by coronary artery disease, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner confirmed on Tuesday.

“Rubin, 64, went to a hospital with stomach pain on the morning of May 10 after calling 911. He was pronounced dead in the emergency room shortly after 11 a.m. In its report, the Medical Examiner said Rubin suffered from ‘ischemic heart disease due to atherosclerotic coronary artery disease.'”

Sam Rubin as a talking head on This Morning
Sam was a regular contributor to This Morning (Credit: ITV/Shutterstock)

This Morning reacts to Sam Rubin death

On This Morning in May, Ben and Cat paid tribute to Sam with a montage. Ben said: “We’re going to start today’s show with very heavy hearts as it was announced that our wonderful Hollywood reporter Sam Rubin has sadly passed away aged 64.”

The pair then paid tribute to Sam’s incredible showbiz career. A montage of Sam’s career then played. Viewers were sad too, with one person saying on X: “Lovely tribute to Sam Rubin.”

Another wrote: “RIP Sam. Seemed like such a lovely man.”

Cat Deeley and Ben Shephard speaking on This Morning today
Cat and Ben opened This Morning with a tribute to Sam in May (Credit: ITV)

Meanwhile, This Morning reacted to the news by saying: “We have very heavy hearts this weekend with the news from Los Angeles that our Hollywood reporter Sam Rubin has died at the age of 64.

“Sam was an Emmy winning entertainment correspondent and presenter for Los Angeles’ No 1 morning show on KTLA, and regularly broadcast live into This Morning. He woke up Tinseltown every day for decades with his likeable charm and knowledgeable take on the movie world, he was on first name terms with the stars and became affectionately known as ‘Hollywood Sam’. We will miss him.

“There will be a tribute to Sam on Monday’s show, but in the meantime we send our condolences to his wife Leslie, their four children and Sam’s colleagues at KTLA.”

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Tributes pour in

Alison Hammond was among the first to comment. She said: “Condolences to Sam’s family . He will be massively missed.”

Rochelle Humes also added: “Devastating news. So so sad to hear this. Always the kindest and most generous! Praying for his family and loved ones.”

Craig Doyle, who regularly hosted This Morning while the show searched for new presenters following Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby‘s departure, was also saddened. He said: “So very sorry to hear this awful news, a true gentleman and a brilliant broadcaster…loved our chats. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.”

Josie simply wrote that she “loved Sam”.

Dr Zoe Williams, another show expert, said: “So sad. Sending strength to his family and loved ones.”

Sam’s stints on This Morning were usually done by satellite link and he brought all the up-to-date Hollywood gossip live to our sofas. He had been working on the show since 2018.

The presenter also starred on America’s KTLA and had been covering entertainment, TV and movies there since 1991.

Sam was married to wife Leslie and he had four children.

Sam Rubin smiles on a sofa
Loved by all (Credit: ITV/Shutterstock)

This Morning star Sam Rubin was a Hollywood fave too

Hollywood icons also paid tribute to Sam on social media. Ben Stiller wrote: “So sad and sorry to hear of Sam Rubin’s passing. Consummate pro. I did my first interview with him in something like ’93, and countless times over the years. He loved actors and movies. He made everyone feel comfortable and it was always fun and easy.”

Ben continued: “He was an institution. We have lost him way too soon. Sending love to his family.”

Ryan Reynolds agreed: “Even if I was on my 85th interview that day, I was always happy to see Sam. Even if HE was on his 85th interview that day, he always brought genuine kindness, curiosity and an outside the box question.”

Masked Singer judge Ken Jeong said: “EVERYONE loved Sam Rubin. He has supported my career and countless others since day one. And he had the best sense of humor about life, and we would make each other laugh all the time. But most of all, he was a loving father and husband and just a good person. Sending all my love to Sam’s family and everyone whose lives have been blessed by him. Love you.”

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Carena Crawford
Associate Editor (Soaps)