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Ken Ober, Host of MTV’s ‘Remote Control,’ Dies at 52

Ken Ober, a comedian and actor who is best known for hosting MTV’s “Remote Control” in the 1980s, was found dead Sunday at his home in Santa Monica, according to his agent.

Ken Ober

Ken Ober

Ober, 52, had been feeling ill with a headache and flu-like symptoms Saturday, according to friends.  Lee Kernis of Brillstein Entertainment Partners, who represented Ober, confirmed the death but said the cause was unknown, the Los Angeles Times reported.  An autopsy is planned.

“Remote Control” was a trivia game show set in Ober’s fictional basement, where contestants sat in recliners and answered questions about celebrities and television shows. The show helped launch the careers of Ober, Adam Sandler, Colin Quinn, Dennis Leary, and Kari Wuhrer.

Ober more recently focused on writing and producing for the series “Mind of Mencia” and “The New Adventures of Old Christine.”

Read and watch a tribute to Ken Ober from MTV

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