Former talk show host and entertainment mogul Merv Griffin has died.
A family statement says Griffin died of prostate cancer. He was 82.
Griffin started out his career as a singer and movie actor. He later hosted "The Merv Griffin Show," which aired for more than 20 years.
But his biggest financial break came from creating and producing "Jeopardy!" and "Wheel of Fortune." He then sold the rights for about $250 million, but kept a share of the profits.
Griffin later went into hotel, casino and other real estate ventures. He said that kept him from being "bored."
He'd been recently hospitalized for a recurrence of cancer, which had been treated successfully more than 10 years ago.
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