Geoffrey Hayes, star of kids' TV show Rainbow, dies aged 76

Publish Date
Tuesday, 2 October 2018, 8:58AM
NZ Herald

NZ Herald

Geoffrey Hayes, who hosted long-running children's programme Rainbow, has died aged 76.

The actor, who was famed for presenting the show from 1973 to 1992, which screened in New Zealand, died in hospital from pneumonia with his wife and son by his side.

The news was confirmed by his manager today and prompted an outpouring of emotion on social media from fans paying tribute to the 'childhood legend' with many writing simply, 'thank you.'

Speaking shortly after his 76th birthday earlier this year, the actor revealed he was still 'humbled' to be recognised by Rainbow fans, adding: 'We loved doing it; I certainly did. Twenty years of happiness, it really was.'

Fans of the show might not know of the unaired x-rated version of the show.

According to reports, the clip was put together as a joke for the cast and crew to play at a Christmas party.

This article was first published on and is republished here with permission.

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