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Sam Rubin, Renowned KTLA Reporter, Dies at 64

 May 11, 2024

Los Angeles is mourning the loss of a television icon who passed away this Friday.

Sam Rubin, beloved entertainment journalist, died at 64 following a heart attack at his home, as the New York Post reports.

On Friday, following his morning segment on KTLA’s Morning News, Rubin suffered a sudden heart attack. The incident took place shortly after he had appeared on live TV between 7 and 9 a.m., a routine that marked his day for many years.

Emergency services quickly responded, transporting him from his residence to UCLA West Hills Hospital by ambulance. Despite swift medical efforts, Rubin was pronounced dead at the hospital.

A Storied Career in Entertainment Journalism

Rubin’s career in journalism spanned over three decades, having joined KTLA in 1991. Over the years, he became a familiar face on the red carpets and was known for his annual coverage of major events like the Academy Awards.

His interviews often featured A-list celebrities such as Zendaya, Mariah Carey, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Rubin’s engaging style and in-depth knowledge made him a favored journalist among stars and viewers alike.

Rubin also took his expertise internationally, appearing on BBC’s TV and radio segments and Channel 9 in Australia, showcasing his versatility and appeal across different media platforms.

Accolades And Recognition

Throughout his illustrious career, Rubin was honored with several awards. He received the National Hispanic Media Coalition's annual Impact Award in 2013, recognizing his integrity in broadcast journalism.

His accolades also included a Golden Mic award and a lifetime achievement award from the Southern California Broadcasters Association. The Los Angeles Press Club named him the best entertainment reporter, a testament to his excellence and dedication to journalism.

In addition to his professional achievements, Rubin was a founding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and hosted 120 episodes of Hollywood Uncensored with Sam Rubin.

Deep Roots In Los Angeles

A Los Angeles native, Rubin was a proud graduate of Occidental College. His deep roots in the city were reflected in his reporting, often highlighting local stories and artists.

KTLA acknowledged his death with a heartfelt statement, emphasizing his impact on local news and the entertainment industry. "Sam was a giant in the local news industry and the entertainment world, and a fixture of Los Angeles morning television for decades," the station expressed.

The statement also highlighted his personal life, "His laugh, charm, and caring personality touched all who knew him. Sam was a loving husband and father: the roles he cherished the most."

Remembering A Beloved Figure

Rubin’s death has left a void in the entertainment journalism world. Colleagues, celebrities, and fans have been pouring in tributes, remembering his warm personality and professional integrity.

He is survived by his wife, Leslie, and their four children, who, along with his many friends and colleagues, mourn his unexpected departure.

The family has asked for privacy during this difficult time, but details about a memorial service will be announced soon, ensuring that his life’s work and passion for journalism are honored appropriately.

A Legacy That Will Endure

Sam Rubin’s contribution to entertainment journalism will be remembered for its depth, warmth, and professionalism. His legacy will continue to inspire upcoming journalists and broadcasters.

His role as a mentor to many young journalists and his commitment to truthful reporting has set a high standard in the field of journalism. Rubin’s passing is not just the loss of a great journalist but a profound loss to the broader media community.

As Los Angeles and the world remember Rubin, his stories, interviews, and the genuine enthusiasm he brought to his work will continue to resonate with those who followed his career closely.