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 Raymond Neil “Ray” Combs, Jr

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Raymond Neil “Ray” Combs, Jr

  • Birth 3 Apr 1956 Hamilton, Butler County, Ohio, USA
  • Death 2 Jun 1996 Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Burial Hamilton, Butler County, Ohio, USA
  • Plot Section 14, Lot 348, Space 04
  • Memorial ID 2770

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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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 2770
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Raymond Neil “Ray” Combs, Jr (3 Apr 1956–2 Jun 1996), Find A Grave Memorial no. 2770, citing Greenwood Cemetery, Hamilton, Butler County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .