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TV critic, VH1 and Food Network host was 70

Bobby Rivers, an actor, television host and radio personality, has died at the age of 70.

WISN 12 in Milwaukee, where Rivers became the city’s first Black film critic on television, announced his death in a story updated Wednesday.

He served as a VJ on VH1 in 1985 alongside Rosie O’Donnell and hosted his own celebrity talk show on the network, “Watch Bobby Rivers,” starting in 1988. He also hosted Food Network’s short-lived “Top 5” series in the early 2000s.

As an actor, Rivers played a news reporter on Seasons 1 and 3 of “The Sopranos” and as Chris Perley in Season 1 of “The Equalizer” TV series. He also played an emcee in the 1989 comedy “Identity Crisis.”

His most recent acting credit was in 2008 and 2009, in two episodes of the satirical sketch comedy series “The Onion.”

Rivers studied film journalism and communications at Marquette University in Milwaukee, according to the news station.

He also contributed to “PM Magazine,” a nationally syndicated news and entertainment TV series broadcast in the late 1970s through the 1980s. According to WISN, Rivers said the show “helped Milwaukee go beyond stereotypes.”

Bobby Rivers, a TV critic, Food Network host, VH1 VJ and actor, has died.  The media pioneer was 70.

Tributes from the film and television industry have poured in,