No cause of death has been announced for Howard, best known for his lead role of Ken Reeves in the groundbreaking CBS drama The White Shadow. Howard won both a Daytime and Primetime Emmy Award during his career.
Howard's widow Linda wrote on Instagram: "My heart is broken, but the onslaught of love and admiration for Ken are of great comfort. He was my "Big Dog" and I have experienced what real love truly is. Thank you all for your calls, emails, texts and postings. It means the world. Need to take a bit of time, but wanted everyone to know I'm okay and oh so grateful to you all."
Howard played Garrett Boydston on Dynasty and The Colbys; George Summers on The Young and the Restless; and George Andrews on Melrose Place. His numerous other credits Cane, Crossing Jordan, The Practice, It's Not Easy, The Manhunter, Adam's Rib and Murder, She Wrote.