Merv Griffin Dies of Prostate Cancer at 82
Merv Griffin, 82, has died of prostate cancer in Los Angeles. Griffin successfully battled prostate cancer in 1996, but the cancer returned a month ago.
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.