What Was Bill Geddie’s Cause Of Death and Net Worth: The TV Show Producer Dead At Age 68

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What happened to Bill Geddie? ‘The View’ co-creator and executive producer dead at 68. What he died of and his fortune explored.

Bill Geddie was an American television producer. He is best known for being co-creator and executive producer of ABC Daytime’s The View, on the ABC television network.

Geddie produced The View, Iyanla, Party Planner with David Tutera, The Barbara Walters Summer Special, and the TV movie Barbara Walters: Her Story. In addition to producing, he has frequently been featured on air on The View. 

On July 20, 2023, the world learned about his death, and following his passing many were curious to know what actually happened to him. Read on for more about his cause of death and net worth.

Profile Summary

Celebrated Name:Bill Geddie
Net Worth:$8 million
Profession:Television Producer, Television Director, Screenwriter
Full Real Name:William Fredrick Geddie
Date of Birth:Jul 17, 1955
Birthplace:San Antonio, Texas, United States
Died:July 20, 2023 (aged 68)
Bill Geddie in 2019. LOU ROCCO/ABC VIA GETT

What was Bill Geddie’s cause of death?

Bill Geddie passed away on Thursday, July 20, 2023, at his home in Rancho Mirage, California, due to a “coronary” issue. His death was confirmed by his daughter.

Geddie’s daughter Allison confirmed the news on Friday in a statement that reads: “My father was the greatest man I knew. He was an upbeat guy who was always cracking a joke. When he had an opinion everyone wanted to hear it and they trusted what he had to say. Everything he touched turned to gold. He was kind, supportive, and had impeccable integrity. We are devastated by this loss but are so grateful that we got this incredible man in our lives for as long as we did.”

Geddie’s daughter and family talked about his impressive career and achievements in their tribute and death announcement.

“He was a big deal in TV, but at home he was an even ‘bigger than life’ husband and dad,” his family said.  “He had a genuine love for television and entertainment. He would try everything and did it well — screenwriting, recording podcasts, playing guitar, writing songs, and loved a wide range of music from country to jazz.  His favorite band was The Beatles, and he never thought he would have the opportunity to meet one of his personal heroes Paul McCartney in person, but his dream came true. The question wasn’t who did he meet, but rather who didn’t he meet?”

“He enjoyed connecting with people, and we know we are not the only ones who will miss his encouraging way of positive guidance,” the family’s statement continued. “He did so with enthusiasm mixed with sarcasm. His special style of humor was filled with puns. He believed in honesty. He was a kind man of integrity and always wanted to do the right thing. He lived by example. The small things made him happy too. He enjoyed a great game of golf, his peppermint ice cream, and relaxing with a Bombay gin on the rocks with jalapeno & garlic stuffed olives. We are devastated to lose him yet are grateful we had him in our lives.”

Besides Allison, Geddie is survived by his wife, Barbara, and his other daughter Lauren.

Whoopi Goldberg, Abby Hunstman, Bill Geddie, Joy Behar, Meghan McCain, Sunny Hostin. LOU ROCCO/ABC VIA GETTY

The View’s panelists mourn the death of Bill Geddie.

Following the news, several of The View’s panelists shared tributes in honor of Geddie.

In a statement to PEOPLE, Sherri Shepherd said of the news: “I am absolutely devastated. Bill Geddie took a chance on me and believed in me and fought for me. He had a wonderful sense of humour and his advice took me through my first season of ‘The Sherri Show.’ He was my mentor and my friend.”

Behar, 80, addressed his death in a tweet, writing, “We are saddened by the sudden death of Bill Geddie. As a producer, he kept us together and was very loyal to his staff. Bill loved comedy and plenty of laughs not to mention a good cigar. I’m forever grateful to him and Barbara for the opportunity to be on the View. RIP ‘VIEWMASTER'”

After 16 years on Walt Disney Television via Getty Images's "The View," Joy Behar's last live show airs today

In a post on Twitter, Sunny Hostin wrote: “My friend & mentor Bill Geddie has transitioned at 68. Bill was the 1st person to believe that I could be a national talk show host. He told me after an audition for The View “you were sitting there watching the show instead of being on the show. Lean in like I know you can.”

The View’s official Twitter page also released a statement.

“It’s with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of ‘The View’ co-creator and one of television’s most well-respected producers, Bill Geddie,” the account wrote. “He was a pioneer in television and greatly beloved by ‘The View’ family.”

“‘The View’ wouldn’t exist without Bill Geddie,” the statement continued. “Our love goes out to his wife Barbara and their two daughters, Allison and Lauren.”

Television personality Barbara Walters and honoree Bill Geddie pose with the Lifetime Achievement Award onstage during The 39th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards
Bill Geddie and Barbara Walters. MICHAEL BUCKNER/WIREIMAGE

What was Bill Geddie’s net worth?

At the time of his death, Bill Geddie (real name: William Frederick Geddie) had an estimated current net worth of $8 million dollars. He accrued his fortune from his long years of acting, directing, and producing movies.

Geddie was a producer for ABC News’ Good Morning America, executive produced Tamron Hall from 2018 to 2020, oversaw Megyn Kelly’s celebrity-interview special in 2016, and penned the 1996 sci-fi script Unforgettable. Throughout his career, he earned six Primetime Emmy nominations.

Geddie, a four-time Emmy winner, was best known for co-creating The View with Barbara Walters, which launched in 1997 and featuring Walters, Meredith Vieira, Star Jones, Joy Behar, and Debbie Matenopoulos as panelists.

He remained on the talk show until 2014, earning 13 Daytime Emmy nominations throughout his tenure. In 2012, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 39th Daytime Emmy Awards.

Geddie and Walters also worked together on BarWall Productions for 25 years. He co-produced, wrote, and directed Barbara Walters Specials and The 10 Most Fascinating People, according to Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter.

When Walters died in December 2022, Geddie honored her legendary career and mastery of the broadcast medium: “Barbara’s total impact on broadcasting is hard to quantify, but this much is clear — she kicked sexism and ageism squarely in the ass.”