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Agent: Game show host Geoff Edwards dies at 83

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Geoff Edwards, the hip-looking 1970s and '80s host of TV game shows including "Jackpot!" and two incarnations of "Treasure Hunt," died Wednesday, his agent said. He was 83.

Edwards died of complications of pneumonia at St. John's hospital in Santa Monica, agent Fred Westbrook said.

Edwards also worked as a radio DJ and actor, appearing on TV shows including "Petticoat Junction," ''I Dream of Jeannie" and "Diff'rent Strokes."

"Geoff was one of the cleverest, funniest radio and television personalities I've worked with," said fellow game show host Wink Martindale. The two were DJs at pop radio station KMPC in Los Angeles.

Edwards, a native of Westfield, N.J., hosted "The New Treasure Hunt," a revival of a 1950s quiz show, from 1973 to 1977 and hosted "Treasure Hunt" in 1981-82. He also emceed the 1980s game show "Jackpot!" and appeared on other shows including "Starcade."

Westbrook said his longtime client made a splash on TV by shedding the conservative look worn by his peers.

His hair was longer, he never wore a tie, and he favored jeans over suits, Westbrook said. "He was part of the new breed."

Edwards had been in good health, his agent said. In recent years, he wrote about travel on his website and did radio and TV programs on the subject.

He is survived by his wife, Michael, and stepsons Justin and Jason Feffer, Westbrook said. His survivors also include his ex-wife, Suzanne, and their children Todd, Shawn and Chess, as well as nine grandchildren.

Funeral plans were pending, Westbrook said.

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Changa80 March 05 2014 at 9:45 PM

Since I am 79 I remember him well and loved all the shows he was on.

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jcreitz23 Changa80 March 05 2014 at 10:25 PM

Yay for kitty!

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Pam March 05 2014 at 10:46 PM

He was great. May he rest in peace. My condolences to his family.

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theitalianladyxo March 05 2014 at 10:15 PM

I don't even recognize him.....guess I just wasn't into those game shows he was hosting. But, God bless him.

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jcreitz23 theitalianladyxo March 05 2014 at 10:22 PM

Me either. Thought might be matchgame pm with charles nelson reilly who was very fun man.

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marcbarc theitalianladyxo March 05 2014 at 10:24 PM

I remember him as much as the main guys out there, he was the first to shed the corporate - let me sell you anything approach and attire that the rest of those clones were doing.

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dennis March 05 2014 at 10:33 PM

He was one of the best. Rest in Peace ...

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pamei7 March 05 2014 at 10:09 PM

rest in peace...............

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jcreitz23 pamei7 March 05 2014 at 10:23 PM

Yes and yabbbadab badooooooo.........had to say it.

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tish232 March 05 2014 at 10:46 PM

I enjoyed watching him on Jackpot. It's nice he was able to be so active and in fairly good health yet. I'm sure his family will miss him and his humor. Condolences to all.

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brennemanbelkin March 05 2014 at 10:40 PM

Always enjoyed this man's work.
RIP Mr. Edwards.

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iamthegreat1nj March 05 2014 at 10:27 PM

he is game show heaven. i loved treasure hunt. when i was a kid. jim lange last week ,now geoff edwards. how sad. rip

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Sheryl iamthegreat1nj March 05 2014 at 10:45 PM

Aww, I missed that news last week :( Both sad...

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jorgebrito2 March 05 2014 at 9:58 PM

I remember him hosting Jackpot! and Chain Reaction. My condolences to his family and friends and may Geoff Edwards RIP.

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retrorussell March 05 2014 at 9:47 PM

Sad. Heard an interview with him a few years ago or so and he seemed like such a nice guy. Yet another game show great gone. Miss you Geoff.

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