Mourning MTV's Remote Control Host Ken Ober

Comedic star, who also worked in production onThe New Adventures of Old Christine, dies of unknown causes

By Breanne L. Heldman Nov 17, 2009 3:48 PMTags

Ken Ober, who hosted MTV's pop-culture-centric game show Remote Control for five seasons beginning in 1987, was found dead in his home on Sunday, the network reports. The 52-year-old's cause of death has yet to be determined.

Ober began his career on Star Search but spent recent years behind the scenes, working in production on comedies like The New Adventures of Old Christine and Mind of Mencia.

"Kenny Ober was and always will be the quickest wit in the room," fellow funnyman Denis Leary tells MTV News. "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. 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," Sandler told the network. "He was always a great friend and I will miss him very much."

Lee Kernis, the star's manager, said that Ober complained to a friend of a headache and flulike symptoms on Saturday.


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