Wednesday, July 20, 2011

‘Wheel of Fortune' wheel designer dies

The creator of one of the most iconic set pieces in game show history has died.

Art Director Ed Flesh, credited with designing the massive wheel used in game show staple ‘Wheel of Fortune', passed away on July 15 due to congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, reports The Hollywood Reporter. He was 79 years old.

Flesh worked on countless game show sets over the years, including ‘Jeopardy!',' Name that Tune', and ‘Press Your Luck'.

In addition to his game show work, Flesh was the senior art director on 'Days of Our Lives' and designed sets for David Letterman, Montel Williams and Orpah Winfrey.

In 1993, Flesh was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for his work on the game show ‘Supermarket Sweep'. He is survived by his partner of 44 years, David Powers.

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