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Raymond Neil "Ray" Combs, Jr
Birth: Apr. 3, 1956
Hamilton
Butler County
Ohio, USA
Death: Jun. 2, 1996
Glendale
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Television Personality. In 1980s, he began his career in Hollywood, as a talented stand-up comic and actor doing audience warm-ups for sitcoms. Johnny Carson saw him perform and invited him to perform on The Tonight Show in 1986. He became the host of the TV series Family Feud game show in 1988 and was an instant hit. He was almost killed in a serious car accident in 1993 and was fired from the Family Feud game show in 1994. Suffering from chronic pain, he became deeply depressed. He hosted a TV game show called Family Challenge in 1995, but the show never became popular. Separated from his wife and with deep financial troubles, he was taken to the psychiatric ward of Glendale Adventist Medical Center in Glendale, California. He hanged himself in his hospital room at 4:07 am, on June 2, 1996. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
 
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 Parents:
  Raymond Neil Combs (1933 - 2010)
  Anita Jean Waters Combs (1937 - 2006)

Cause of death: Suicide
 
Burial:
Greenwood Cemetery
Hamilton
Butler County
Ohio, USA
Plot: Section 14, Lot 348, Space 04
 
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Record added: Jan 01, 2001
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Ray, how are you in heaven? every time I watch a talk show, I sometimes think of you. It was nice to see you hosting the family challenge shows. In my opinion this show had a touch more fun to it than family feud. Certainly I'm not saying that family feud...(Read more)
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