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Celebrities gather to remember Griffin

Aug. 18, 2007 at 1:49 PM

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Celebrities, including actor-turned-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, were on hand this week in California to remember late TV personality Merv Griffin.

In addition to the California governor, Griffin's family and members of his TV game show empire attended a simple funeral service honoring the loss of the TV star, the Los Angeles Times said Saturday.

Among those game show alumni were "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek and Vanna White from "Wheel of Fortune." Also on hand Friday was Nancy Reagan, widow of former President Ronald Reagan.

Like Schwarzenegger, Reagan had become good friends with Griffin during his lengthy reign in the TV industry and came to pay her respects to his family.

The Times said nearly 500 mourners came out in Beverly Hills to honor Griffin, who died last Sunday at age 82.

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