Cosmetics tycoon, former TV host Marilyn Miglin dead at 83

Cosmetics tycoon and former Home Shopping Network host Marilyn Miglin died Monday at the age of 83, her family confirmed.

According to TMZ, Miglin died of stroke-related complications. Her son, Duke, told the outlet she was surrounded by loved ones when she passed.

“She was at home and surrounded by her family,” read a statement on the website of the cosmetics company MarylinMiglin.com. “She will be greatly missed by all who knew her by her spirit with still stay with all of us.”

Miglin’s face was a familiar one on the Chicago beauty and entrepreneurial scene.

“Miglin, who started her beauty company and boutique in Chicago in 1963, went on to found the cosmetics powerhouse Marilyn Miglin Cosmetics, and hosted her program on the Home Shopping Network for more than 25 years,” Deadline reported.

“As a leading entrepreneur among Chicago’s business establishment, she served on Mayor Richard M. Daley’s special committee on tourism, was an officer of the Chicago Convention, the State of Illinois Board of Economic Development, and on the Board of Directors of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.”

In 1997, the death of her husband made headlines across the globe. Lee Miglin was murdered by infamous serial killer Andrew Cunanan, who later murdered fashion designer Gianni Versace as well.

Marilyn Miglin, a former model, was also a philanthropist who volunteered with the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System’s Craniofacial Center, which treats patients with severe burns and facial disfigurement, WLS-TV reported.

“She really wanted to help give them confidence to go back out and feel good about themselves,” Duke Miglin told the Chicago Sun-Times.

She was also a wonderful mother, Duke told the outlet.

“She was just the most incredible mother you could ever have. She did everything in her power to do everything for us to make sure we were OK in every which way,” he said.

Marilyn Miglin is survived by two children and six grandchildren.