Barry Garron Dies: Television Critics Assn. President, Author And THR TV Critic Was 72

Barry Garrone, former chief television critic Hollywood Reporter, has died. He was 72 and died on Thursday at a rehabilitation facility in Arizona.

His death was confirmed by his former publication and daughter, Rachel Dann. No specific cause of death was given, but Garrone was hospitalized during Memorial Day weekend and had previous episodes of Crohn’s disease and cancer.

Garrone worked for newspapers in Columbia and Upstate New York before starting out as a critic. Kansas City Star In 1973, dropping out in 1997 to move to Los Angeles and join the THR staff. He served as chief television critic until 2009, then became a freelancer for several publications. He remained active till his death.

He was a former president of the TV Critics Association and covered the group’s winter and summer press tours for four decades.

Born in Chicago on September 2, 1949, he studied journalism and political science at the University of Missouri-Columbia, earning two degrees in 1971. He later received his MBA from the University of Kansas.

In 2016, Garrone moved to Mesa, Arizona, and later published Danger! answer bookWhich she sang with Harry Friedman, the game show’s longtime executive producer.

Survivors include his daughter, Rachel, a production engineer for KCAL-TV and KCBS-TV in LA; son-in-law David; granddaughters Sierra and Alisa; Brother David; Sister-in-law Mirna; niece Courtney; and nephew Daniel.

His wife of 38 years, Sandi, passed away in 2010. Donations can be made in his name Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation,