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John McLaughlin is dead. Here’s who he was.

John McLaughlin died today. If you’re not sure who he is or was, here’s what you need to know:

The 89-year-old TV host had a pretty rich life: He was a Roman Catholic priest who became an aide to President Nixon and then scored his own show, called “The McLaughlin Group.” That ran on Sunday mornings and was famous for featuring heated political debates between pundits.

McLaughlin died from prostate cancer. He missed his show last weekend — for the first time in 34 years. Dude was committed.

Here’s a clip from his show. Volume warning: There’s lots of yelling.

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John McLaughlin is dead. Here’s who he was.

Brianna Snyder

Brianna has been working in media since 2005, when she left Westfield University in Massachusetts and became the listings editor at an alt-weekly in Hartford. Now, she's the senior editor at the Times Union Magazine Division in Albany, N.Y. She cares very much about news, Beyonce, the Internet, gin and tonic and that Vine of this one puppy who keeps falling asleep and smooshing his face on a pillow. Follow: @BriannaLSnyder or BriannaSnyder.com

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