DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Chuck Barris (aged 87)
American game show creator, producer, and host
Charles Hirsch Barris (June 3, 1929 – March 21, 2017) was an American game show creator, producer and host. Barris was known for hosting The Gong Show and creating The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game. He was also a songwriter who wrote “Palisades Park” for Freddy Cannon. Barris wrote an autobiography titled Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, which was made into the film of the same name directed by George Clooney.
DEATH: Barris was diagnosed with lung cancer in the 1990s. After undergoing surgery to remove part of his lung, he contracted an infection and spent a month in intensive care.
Barris died on March 21, 2017, of natural causes at the age of 87 at his home in Palisades, New York, where he lived with his wife, Mary Clagett.