He was His death, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, was caused by prostate cancer, according to a family statement issued by Marcia Newberger, a spokeswoman for Mr. Griffin had been treated for the disease more than 10 years ago but was recently hospitalized after a recurrence. The show was canceled in less than a year. But Mr. Griffin had secured an agreement with NBC to allow him to set up a production company. He turned to a game-show idea in which the contestants would be given answers and would have to come up with the questions, losing money — an anomaly for game shows at the time — if they were wrong.
Merv Griffin's Bodyguard of Lies
Merv Griffin in Carmel Valley – Variety
Two years ago, Merv Griffin died, leaving behind a legacy that included Wheel Of Fortune , Jeopardy , hotels, side business ventures, and more than a billion dollars. Also: speculation. Now, someone else is doing it for him. He did it for Marlon Brandon. He did it for Katharine Hepburn. What he made then was a far cry from the billionaire he was at the end. But what about the sex?
Merv Griffin died a closeted homosexual
For four decades, the genial entertainer turned entrepreneur, who drilled into such game-show gushers as Jeopardy! In his personal life, too, Merv seemed to hew to a traditional path: He married Julann Wright, a secretary turned comedian, in , and with their son, Anthony, now 31, lived a simple life on their farm, brewing homemade wine and riding horses. Then, on April 11, the wheel took an unexpected turn. His charges are ridiculous and untrue.
Well, he was an entertaining guy. Too bad he was hiding for so long--especially since everyone knew he preferred men. He fooled no one.