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    Merv Griffin Dies At 82

    What's truly odd is that the National Enquirer ran a story about him dying last week.

    What a shame. I used to watch him as a kid, back when he had Arthur Treacher as a side-kick...


    Entertainer, businessman Griffin dies

    By BOB THOMAS, Associated Press Writer 11 minutes ago

    LOS ANGELES - Merv Griffin, the entertainer turned impresario who parlayed his "Jeopardy" and "Wheel of Fortune" game shows into a multimillion-dollar empire, has died. He was 82.

    Griffin died of prostate cancer, according to a statement from his the family that was released by Marcia Newberger, spokeswoman for The Griffin Group/Merv Griffin Entertainment.

    Griffin, who began his career as a $100-a-week radio singer in San Francisco, created the "Wheel of Fortune" and "Jeopardy!" game shows, soon moved on to become the featured vocalist in Freddy Martin's band.

    That led to a brief film career, in which he appeared opposite Doris Day and Kathryn Grayson, and later to a successful TV career as host of "The Merv Griffin Show," which aired for more than 20 years.

    His biggest financial break, however, came from inventing and producing "Jeopardy!" and "Wheel of Fortune."

    After they became the hottest game shows in television, Griffin sold the rights to them to the Columbia Pictures Television Unit for $250 million, retaining a share of the profits. He started spreading the sale money around in treasury bonds, stocks and other investments, but quickly became bored.

    THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Merv Griffin, the entertainer turned impresario who parlayed his "Jeopardy" and "Wheel of Fortune" game shows into a multimillion-dollar empire, has died. He was 82.

    This is a breaking story, more updates to follow...

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070812/...PyR.CPudEE1vAI
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    Merv Griffin Dies at Age 82

    From his beginning as a $100-a-week San Francisco radio singer, Griffin moved on as vocalist for Freddy Martin's band, sometime film actor in films and TV game and talk show host. His "The Merv Griffin Show" lasted more than 20 years, and Griffin's said his capacity to listen contributed to his success.

    "If the host is sitting there thinking about his next joke, he isn't listening," Griffin reasoned in a recent interview.

    But his biggest break financially came from inventing and producing "Jeopardy" in the 1960s and "Wheel of Fortune" in the 1970s. After they had become the hottest game shows in television, Griffin sold the rights to Coca-Cola for $250 million in 1986, retaining a share of the profits.

    After they became the hottest game shows in television, Griffin sold the rights to them to the Columbia Pictures Television Unit for $250 million, retaining a share of the profits. He started spreading the sale money around in treasury bonds, stocks and other investments.

    He made Forbes' list of richest Americans several times and started putting money in treasury bonds, stocks and other investments. But he went into real estate and other ventures because "I was never so bored in my life."

    "I said, `I'm not going to sit around and clip coupons for the rest of my life,' " he recalled in 1989. "That's when Barron Hilton said, `Merv, do you want to buy the Beverly Hilton?' I couldn't believe it."

    Griffin bought the slightly passe hotel for $100.2 million and completely refurbished it for $25 million. Then he made a move for control of Resorts International, which operated hotels and casinos from Atlantic City to the Caribbean.

    That touched off a feud with real estate tycoon Donald Trump. Griffin eventually acquired Resorts for $240 million, netting a reported paper profit of $100 million.

    "I love the gamesmanship," he told Life magazine in 1988. "This may sound strange, but it parallels the game shows I've been involved in."

    It was in 1948 that Martin hired Griffin to join his band at Los Angeles' Coconut Grove at $150 a week. With Griffin doing the singing, the band had a smash hit with "I've Got a Lovely Bunch of Cocoanuts," a 1949 novelty song sung in a cockney accent.

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    Here's an article on the Enquirer story...when Griffin was still breathing.

    Media mogul Merv Griffin still alive, despite misleading tabloid report
    Wednesday, July 25, 2007 12:32 AM CDT
    BY PHILIP POTEMPA ppotempa@nwitimes.com 219.852.4327

    Alive and breathing

    It happened to Bob Hope, and it was the Associated Press at fault that time.

    In 1998, the AP mistakenly moved Hope's pre-written obituary on its newswire. Hope, who was 95 at the time, was eating breakfast before heading out for a game of golf when he heard the news from his daughter Linda. He good-naturedly laughed it off, and that pre-written obit wasn't needed for another five years, after he turned 100.

    As the great Will Rogers once said: "Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated."

    Now, that's the same quote game-show creator and media mogul Merv Griffin is repeating.

    The latest issue of "The National Enquirer" dated July 30 has a cover story with a photo of Griffin and the headline "Merv Griffin's Last Days."

    Open the tabloid to the story "Merv Griffin Faced Death Holding His Son's Hand" on page 41 and the first paragraph of the un-bylined story reads: "TV legend Merv Griffin clung to his last moments of life holding the hand of his only child, Tony."

    It continues with: "The 82-year-old showman's prostate cancer returned, spread to his lungs, back and bones and left him weak and in agony in his final days, The ENQUIRER has learned exclusively. 'Merv was in terrible pain when he was admitted to the hospital on July 13,' a source told The ENQUIRER. 'By then the doctors had told him there really was nothing more medically that could be done for him. All that was left was to keep him as comfortable as possible as he waited for the end.' Merv's prostate cancer was first diagnosed in 1996, when he went public with his condition and vowed to beat it in an exclusive ENQUIRER interview."

    An AP wire item sent out a week ago did report Griffin is hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and being treated for a recurrence of prostate cancer and even quoted Marcia Newberger, a spokeswoman for The Griffin Group/Merv Griffin Entertainment.

    She said the cancer was discovered during a routine examination a few weeks ago and quoted the former talk show host in a statement from him:

    "I'd rather play 'Jeopardy!' than live it. I was ready for a vacation; however, this wasn't the destination I had in mind."

    Griffin's son Tony told the AP his father was resting comfortably and that "his sense of humor and optimistic outlook remain intact."

    "He's getting great care and his medical team want to monitor his progress in a controlled setting," Tony Griffin said.

    When I called the folks at "The National Enquirer" on Monday, they had little to say except the story's editor would get back to me.

    But Griffin's hometown newspaper in Palm Springs, Calif., ran an online story at www.mydesert.com, which quoted Newberger saying her boss did not have to undergo surgery and saying The National Enquirer had reported misinformation.

    Newberger said she wanted to clarify the information and say "everything is going as expected" before rumors started flying on Internet blogs.

    http://nwitimes.com/articles/2007/07...2200697bd0.txt
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    I used to wonder why he was grinning all the time(Michael Ian Black talkin about EVH on VH1 I love the 80's) but then i realized the reason he's grinning is because he's Eddie F*#king Van Halen

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    I hope in tribute they break out the Seinfeld where Kramer fishes the old Merv Griffin Show set out of a dumpster and turns his living room into the set.
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    rip merv.

    hey does arthur treacher still have those fish n chips places on the east coast? i havent been there in years!
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    I hope in tribute they break out the Seinfeld where Kramer fishes the old Merv Griffin Show set out of a dumpster and turns his living room into the set.

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    Merv Griffin was a first class individual.

    Genuinely nice man and he'd remember your name. I bumped into him maybe six times in my life and it turned out that he'd met my mother through Doris Day. The last time I bumped into him he greeted me by my first name and then asked about my mom. It had been like 12 years since the last time I'd seen him.

    Truely a class act, if you remember his old show then you need to know that the way he was on TV was the way he really was.

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