Gavin MacLeod’s Cause of Death: Unrelated COVID19 Illnesses

3 min readMay 30, 2021


Sad to announce that veteran actor Gavin MacLeod’s cause of death is confirmed as unrelated Covid19 illnesses. His nephew Mark See announced that he was at home in Palm Desert, California, at the age of 90.

The star died early Saturday morning, May 29, surrounded by his friends, family, and carers.

The actor famous for his roles on The Love Boat and The Mary Tyler Moore Show has had numerous hospital stays in recent months after suffering ‘various’ illnesses.

Gavin MacLeod spanned more than seven decades. He is well-known for playing Captain Merrill on The Love Boat for ten years in 250 episodes and a spin-off television movie.

In 2010, the New York Times said: “Perhaps no actor has embraced a signature role the way Mr. MacLeod has with Captain Stubing. Since “The Love Boat” went off the air, he has been a spokesman for Princess Cruises.”

He had roles in popular shows, including Hawaii Five-O, The Man from U.N.C.L.E, Perry Mason, The Untouchables, Hogan’s Heroes, Cain’s Hundred, Peter Gunn, Charlie’s Angels, Murder She Wrote, That 70’s Show, and many others.

He had spots on The Merv Griffin Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Dinah!, Hollywood Squares, Celebrity Sweepstakes, All-Star Family Fortunes, The Michael Douglas Show, Donny and Marie, and more.

Gavin MacLeod has more than 100 acting credits to his name and appeared in many Christian-themed shows and films.

Gavin MacLeod’s Cause of Death Revealed as Different Illnesses

Born in Mount Kisco, New York, Allan George See spent his youth in Pleasantville, New York, and was graduated from Ithaca College in 1952 after studying acting. His mother worked for Reader’s Digest, and his father was an electrician.

He moved to New York City and started working at Radio City Music Hall as an usher and elevator operator after serving in the United States Air Force while auditioning in a bid to start his career in showbusiness off the ground.

He was married from 1955 to 1972 to Joan Devore, with who he shared two sons and two daughters. Then in 1974, he married Patti Kendig, but they divorced in 1982 before remarrying in 1985.

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He leaves behind his wife Patti Kendig, their four children, and their grandchildren. His family needs privacy; please respect them during this difficult time.

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Reactions to Gavin MacLeod’s Death

Following the tragic news, several fans, friends, and supporters reacted and stated their condolences on social media websites.

An online user tweeted: “Thanks to Actor Gavin Macleod “The Captain” at the helm of Original The Love Boat Princess Cruises Launched a Newer Love Boat Yet, It was Sad the Way the Original Love Boat Ended Sort of Like the Glamorous Tewes Life According to Fact Verse #LoveBoat #Opinion #huffpost”

Another wrote: “We lose 2 today. R I P to Captain Stubing, Gavin MacLeod who was 90, and singer B. J. Thomas who was 78. Thomas will always be remembered for Raindrops keep falling on my head.. may they both rest in peace…”

One of his fans wrote on Twitter: “Our hearts are broken. Thank you for all you gave to us #GavinMacLeod . You made our world better. We will miss you. Give our love to Mary, Georgia, Ted, and the rest of the beloved crew in Heaven.”

Another fan tweeted: “RIP, #GavinMacLeod, who kept me entertained all pandemic, on his boat, in WJM’s bullpen, and even on
@iammrvandy’s show selling the ‘Princess Carlotta’.”

Originally published at on May 30, 2021.




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