Iconic Entertainment News Reporter, Sam Rubin, Passes Away at Age 64

Sam Rubin, Beloved KTLA Reporter, Passes Away at 64

It is with a heavy heart that we report the passing of Sam Rubin, a veteran journalist and entertainment reporter at KTLA for over three decades. Rubin, aged 64, died suddenly from a heart attack on Friday, leaving behind a legacy of warmth, charisma, and dedication to his craft.

Rubin began his career at KTLA in 1991 and quickly became a fixture in the Los Angeles entertainment scene. Colleagues remember him as a friendly and jocular presence on screen, always eager to share stories about his wife and four children. Rubin’s interviews with A-list celebrities were a mainstay of the industry, with stars lining up to chat with the affable reporter.

Despite his long career in the spotlight, Rubin showed no signs of slowing down just before his untimely passing. On May 9, he appeared on air as usual, with no hint of any underlying health issues. His sudden death has come as a shock to viewers and colleagues alike, who remember him as a vibrant and dedicated member of the KTLA family.

In a statement released by Nexstar, KTLA’s parent company, chairman and CEO Perry Sook expressed his condolences, calling Rubin an icon of Los Angeles and the entertainment industry. Fellow anchor Lynette Romero, who worked closely with Rubin for nearly 25 years, highlighted his love for his job and his ability to connect with celebrities and viewers alike.

“He knew every celebrity and every celebrity knew him. I don’t know if there’s one person he wanted to interview that he didn’t get to interview,” Romero said. “It will be very hard to move on past that, but he would want that. And he would want all of us to remember him and think of him and smile because he did that for other people.”

Rubin’s impact extended beyond his on-air persona, as evidenced by the outpouring of support from friends, fans, and colleagues. Actor Yvette Nicole Brown, a frequent guest on KTLA, described Rubin as a friend and recalled the joy of visiting him on set. Longtime colleague Frank Buckley praised Rubin for his authenticity and dedication to his work, calling him “KTLA” in human form.

Sam Rubin is survived by his wife, Leslie, and four children. His sudden passing leaves a void in the entertainment industry and in the hearts of those who knew him. May he rest in peace, knowing that his legacy lives on in the memories of those who loved him.

As the news of Sam Rubin’s passing spreads, tributes continue to pour in from all corners of the entertainment world. The impact of his work and his spirit will be felt for years to come, as colleagues and fans alike mourn the loss of a true icon in journalism and entertainment.