Late-Night TV Icon Johnny Carson Dies

Johnny Carson, the king of late-night television, died today at age 79.

"Mr. Carson passed away peacefully early Sunday morning," his nephew, Jeff Sotzing, told The Associated Press. "He was surrounded by his family, whose loss will be immeasurable."

Sotzing said no memorial service is planned, and NBC -- the network on which Carson starred for decades -- said Carson's death resulted from complications from emphysema, the AP reported.

Night after night, for 30 years, Johnny Carson was an American entertainment fixture with his soothing, consistent blend of comic timing and consummate charm.

When Carson took the helm of "The Tonight Show," he invented a new genre n