Charlie O’Donnell, who served as the announcer to "Wheel of Fortune" for 26 years, has died, reports TheWrap.com. He was 78. No cause of death was mentioned.
O’Donnell started his career as the announcer on "American Bandstand," the story says. He also worked as the announcer for special events such as the Academy Awards and the Golden Globe Awards, as well as announcing the Beatles concerts at the Hollywood Bowl and Dodger Stadium in 1965 and 1966, the article notes.
"Heavy hearts at ‘Wheel.’ Our wonderful announcer, Charlie O’Donnell, has passed away. We’re all in a haze right now. More later," wrote "Wheel of Fortune" host Pat Sajak on Twitter, the piece says.
O’Donnell is survived by four children, two grandchildren, and his wife Ellen.