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Eddie Fisher Dies at 82

24 September 2010 5:00 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

After suffering complications from recent hip surgery, 1950s pop icon Eddie Fisher passed away at the age of 82. "Late [Wednesday] evening, the world lost a true American icon," Fisher's family said in a statement. "He was an extraordinary talent and a true mensch." Father to Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher, he died in his home in Berkeley, Calif. The statement also read: "He was loved and will be missed by his four children: Carrie, Todd, Joely, and Tricia Leigh as well as his six grandchildren."The late Fisher was one of the most successful pop voices of the 1950s, with chart-toppers like "I Need You Now, »

- Alison Schwartz

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R.I.P. Eddie Fisher

23 September 2010 5:41 PM, PDT | Deadline Hollywood | See recent Deadline Hollywood news »

Reliable sources tell me that Eddie Fisher has died. He was 82. The singer and entertainer and TV star of his own show and co-star of films Bundle Of Joy and Butterfield 8 had his heyday in the 1950s. In 1953 Fisher was given his own 15-minute TV show called Coke Time, sponsored by the Coca-Cola company; it was so popular that Coke then offered Eddie an unprecedented $1 million contract to be their national spokesperson. But Fisher is best known for having been married to Debbie Reynolds, Elizabeth Taylor, and Connie Stevens and for fathering multitalent Carrie Fisher and TV actress Joely Fisher. He created quite the worldwide scandal when he dumped his first wife, America's sweetheart Reynolds, to marry his best friend's widow, America's sex symbol Taylor, who then dumped him for Richard Burton. Fisher became reviled and his career never recovered. (The two women later mocked Fisher in a thinly »

- Nikki Finke

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