Comedian and TV personality Ken Ober died this weekend, according to Mark Measures, an agent at Abrams Artists who worked with him. Ober, who hosted four game shows over the course of his career, was widely known for his role on the MTV game show Remote Control
, which he hosted for five seasons, spanning 1987 to 1990. Most recently, he served as producer for the CBS sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine
and Mind of Mencia
. He was 52.
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Lee Kernis, a manager at Brillstein Entertainment Partners who represented Ober for more than two decades, revealed Ober complained of a headache and flu-like symptoms on Saturday night and was going to take something and see a doctor as soon as possible. His body was found on Sunday and the cause of his death was not immediately known.
"He was a terrific friend. I'm still shocked," Kernis said.
As the host of Remote Control
, the network's first original series to focus on non-musical content, Ken Ober ran the program like a late-night talk show and happily teased players who gave wrong answers when asked about their knowledge of television, music-video and pop-culture trivia.
"Ken was a great guy. His personality really brought Remote Control
to life, as well as a new style of programming for MTV. We were really flying by the seat of of our pants then, and Ken was the reason it worked," Van Toffler, the president of MTV Networks, said on Monday.
-Kris De Leon, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Source: NY Times
(Image courtesy of MTV)