Hosted 'Remote Control,' produced 'Mencia'

Ken Ober, who hosted the 1980s MTV game show “Remote Control” and helped produce the shows “Mind of Mencia” and “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” has died. He was 52.

His agent, Lee Kernis, says Ober was found dead Sunday in his Santa Monica home. Kernis says Ober complained of headaches and flu-like symptoms on Saturday night but the cause of his death wasn’t clear.

Ober hosted five seasons of “Remote Control” beginning in 1987. Contestants in lounge chairs were asked pop-culture questions from categories such as “Dead or Canadian?” The show featured early appearances by comedians Adam Sandler, Denis Leary and Colin Quinn.

Ober, who was born Ken Oberding in Massachusetts, is survived by his parents and a brother.

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