LOS ANGELES (Aug. 12) - Merv Griffin, the big band-era crooner turned impresario who parlayed his "Jeopardy" and "Wheel of Fortune" game shows into a multimillion-dollar empire, died Sunday. He was 82.
Griffin died of prostate cancer, according to a statement from his family that was released by Marcia Newberger, spokeswoman for The Griffin Group/Merv Griffin Entertainment.
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I grew up watching "The Merv Griffin Show" with my mom almost everyday in the 70's. And, of course, I've always been a fan of his game shows. Rest in peace Mr. Griffin.
Here's a clip of Merv singing "I've Got A Lovely Bunch Of Cocoanuts" --
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The Music Of Merv, Part 1
More Merv--Coconuts, Screamin' Meemies, and more!
Much More Merv!
Yet more Merv....
'S Mervelous! Part 2