"Earlier this morning, a beloved friend and mentor, Dr. John McLaughlin, passed away peacefully at the age of 89," the post read. "As a former Jesuit priest, teacher, pundit and news host, John touched many lives. For 34 years, The McLaughlin Group informed millions of Americans. Now he has said bye bye for the last time, to rejoin his beloved dog, Oliver, in heaven. He will always be remembered."
Details of his death were not revealed. Earlier this week, McLaughlin was unable to host the show — the first absence in his career — due to an undisclosed illness.
McLaughlin hosted the show for more than three decades, beginning with the series' first season in 1982. The influential political discussion typically brought in panelists from both sides of the political aisle, with the Republican McLaughlin moderating in the middle.
The McLaughlin Group seeped into pop culture thanks to multiple parodies on Saturday Night Live. In the sketches, Dana Carvey played an exaggerated version of McLaughlin who interrupted his guests with declarations of "Wrong!"