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December 26, 1921
Steve Allen (Stephen Valentine Patrick William Allen) was an
American television personality, musician, actor, comedian, and writer.
Though he got his start in radio, Allen is best-known for his television
He first gained national attention as a guest host on Arthur
Godfrey's Talent Scouts. He graduated to become the first host of The
Tonight Show, where he was instrumental in innovating the concept of
the television talk show. Thereafter, he hosted numerous game and
variety shows, including the Steve Allen Show, I've Got a
Secret, The New Steve Allen Show, and was a regular panel
member on CBS' What's My Line?
Death: October 30, 2000 (age 78)
On October 30, 2000, Allen was driving to his son's home in Encino,
California, when his car was struck by another vehicle backing out of a
driveway. Neither Allen nor the other driver believed he was injured and
damage to both vehicles was minimal, so the two exchanged insurance
information and Allen continued on. Shortly after arriving at his son's
home, Allen did not feel quite right and decided to take a nap.
While napping, he suffered a massive heart attack and was pronounced
dead shortly after 8 p.m. Autopsy results concluded that the traffic
accident earlier in the day had caused a blood vessel in his chest to
rupture, causing blood to leak into the sac surrounding the heart. This
condition is known as haemopericardium. In addition, he suffered four
broken ribs as a result of the accident.
Where are famous people buried?
- Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills), Los Angeles,
- Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Glendale, California
- Cremated, ashes given to family or friend