Pat Loud, Matriarch of Pioneering Reality TV Family That Introduced America to Their Out and Proud Gay Son, Dead at 94
Pat Loud, the matriarch of the Santa Barbara family featured in An American Family, the groundbreaking PBS docu-series that introduced reality TV to America, has died at 94. The 1973 series also gave America one of its first important glimpses at a real live out-and-proud gay person, Pat’s son Lance Loud. Lance came out as gay to Pat in the middle of the series. He died of complications related to HIV in 2001.
This video tribute to Pat Loud was shared by the family on Sunday.
The full statement from the Loud family:
With inconsolable sorrow, we are sad to share the news with friends and family that on Sunday January 10 at 1:55pm PT, Pat Loud passed away peacefully in her sleep of natural
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