Comedian Ken Ober dead at 52

Nov. 17, 2009 at 10:41 AM

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. comedian and television personality Ken Ober has died at the age of 52, his talent agent confirmed.

Ober was the host of several reality TV programs and game shows such as "Remote Control," "Club MTV," "The Week in Rock," "Smush" and "Make Me Laugh." He also worked as a supervising producer on "Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn," as a writer and producer on "Mind of Mencia" and as a consulting producer on "The New Adventures of Old Christine," MTV News noted on its Web site.

"His body was discovered in his home on Sunday," Mark Measures, Ober's talent agent, told TVGuide.com. "The last person to have spoken to him was on Saturday morning. No foul play is suspected, no suicide, it looks like natural causes, just no one knows the exact cause yet."

"Kenny Ober was and always will be the quickest wit in the room. He was fall-down funny from the moment he was born -- a smart, fast and hilarious human being who made many of us, including myself, laugh until we cried," comedian, actor and writer Denis Leary said in a statement to MTV News. "As the star and host of 'Remote Control,' he was a welcoming ringmaster who helped to kick-start the careers of numerous talents, including Adam Sandler, Colin Quinn and myself. He will be remembered always by each of his friends not only for his massive talent but for his true, deep and enduring friendship."

"Ken Ober was one of the sharpest, quickest, sweetest guys I ever met," said comedian and movie star Adam Sandler. "He was always a great friend and I will miss him very much."

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