Just saw this on my news update. Great guy that made lots of people laugh. Johnny Carson Dies At 79 'Tonight Show' Host Was 79 POSTED: 1:51 pm EST January 23, 2005 UPDATED: 2:33 pm EST January 23, 2005 The man who ruled over late night TV for 30 years -- Johnny Carson -- has died at the age of 79. AP Photo Johnny Carson died Sunday morning at the age of 79. Carson took over as host of NBC's "Tonight Show" in 1962 -- and continued in that role until 1992, when he was replaced by Jay Leno. A nephew said Carson died "peacefully" this morning, "surrounded by his family." He says there will be no memorial service. There's no word on the cause of death. Carson confirmed in 2002 that he had emphysema, and NBC News reported today that his death is due to complications from emphysema. As host of the "Tonight Show," the Nebraska native delivered a mix of celebrity banter, droll comedy and heartland charm. Audiences never got tired of him -- and he was still on top when he retired. Despite his wealth and the adoration of his guests, Carson maintained an air of modesty that helped enhance his intimacy with his viewers. He was introduced each night with the booming announcement from sidekick Ed McMahon: "Heeeeere's Johnny" -- launching a show featuring a topical monologue, celebrity guests, and characters such as "Carnac the Magnificent."