Death of Merv Griffin

July 6, 1925 - August 12, 2007
Los Angeles, California | Age 82

Entertainer turned multimillionaire businessman, dies at age 82
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Merv Griffin, the big band-era crooner turned impresario who parlayed the American television game shows "Jeopardy" and "Wheel of Fortune" into a multimillion-dollar empire, died Sunday. 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.

From his beginning as a $100-a-week San Francisco radio singer, Griffin moved on as vocalist for Freddy...

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