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Impersonator Fred Travalena (66) Succumbs to Cancer

Comedian and impersonator Fred Travalena died Sunday afternoon after a seven-year battle with cancer. He was 66.

Travalena -- known as "The Man of a Thousand Faces" -- died at home in Encino, California, surrounded by family, according to his publicist.

He was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2002 and prostate cancer in 2003. Following five years' remission, the lymphoma returned in 2008.

"Since that time, he has been in and out of treatment, consisting of chemotherapy, surgery and radiation," spokesman Roger Neal said.

During Travalena's 40-year career, he entertained audiences with impressions of celebrities such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Bob Hope. He was a regular on the "Tonight Show," with Johnny Carson.

Travelena is survived by his wife of 39 years, Lois; sons Fred IV and Cory; daughter-in-law, Kelly; and a granddaughter.

Private services will be held this week, with a public memorial service to be announced later.

via CNN


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Comments (3)

Rich Fader:

Bummer.

This does, however, tend to support my view that God has spent the last few days casting "'I'm A Celebrity--Get Me Out Of Here!': Afterlife Edition".

Paul Hooson:

What a great talent. Fred Travalena was one of the best ever.

epador:

RIP.


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