No cause of death was given at the time, but according to a death certificate obtained by TMZ, Barker died from Alzheimer’s disease. The host had not publicly discussed an Alzheimer’s diagnosis.
HuffPost reached out to Barker’s longtime companion, Nancy Burnet, for confirmation. She simply replied “No comment” through the entertainment icon’s publicist, Roger Neal.
It is unknown when Barker was diagnosed, but TMZ said the death certificate suggested he had the disease for years before his death.
The outlet noted that Barker had faced other health concerns in recent years, including skin cancer, back issues and multiple falls.
At Barker’s request, there will be no funeral or memorial services held in his honor. Neal told Entertainment Tonight that Barker will be buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Cemetery in the Hollywood Hills next to his wife, Dorothy Jo, who died in 1981.