Amateur astronomy lost one its most iconic figures today. Jack Horkheimer, known to millions as public television's ebullient "Star Gazer," died this afternoon at age The exact cause of death was not disclosed, though he had battled chronic respiratory problems for decades. Always enthusiastic about viewing the heavens, Jack Horkheimer is seen here in a frame from one of the final episodes of his long-running "Star Gazer" television series. Miami Science Museum Horkheimer had been a fixture at the Miami Planetarium for more than 45 years, where he began as a volunteer and served as its executive director since
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