America got hit with some sad news today. Monty Hall, who was best known as the co-creator and host of the game show "Let's Make a Deal" died on Saturday. He was 96 years old, according to Fox News.
Hall's daughter Sharon remarked that her father died of heart failure. When he died, he was staying at his home in Beverly Hills, California.
"Let's Make A Deal" debuted as a daytime show on NBC in 1963. It quickly became a TV staple and was adored by fans everywhere. Through the next four decades, it also aired in prime time and in syndication.
Contestants would be chosen from the audience. They would often be outlandishly dressed — for instance as animals, clowns, or cartoon characters. They would begin the game by trading an item of their own for a prize. Once they traded their own item, it was a matter of swapping the prize in hand for others hidden behind closed doors, or in curtains or boxes. All of the prizes would be presided over by the beautiful and smiling Caron Merril.
You can watch a full episode here.
As host, Hall was energetic, quick-witted, and lavishly dressed in a very colorful sports coat. He was the perfect host for this television show. Fans loved him.
Hall was also involved in many charity efforts. Various awards were named in his honor at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Hahnemann University Hospital in Philidelphia, and other medical centers. He was a great humanitarian and thought it was very important to care for those less fortunate.
His wife, Marilyn Plottel, died earlier this year. They got married in 1947 and stayed together until her death.
In addition to his wife, he also has several daughters, a son, a brother, and five grandchildren.
Please pray for his family and friends.
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