Mike Douglas, the genial former big-band singer who was the host of a popular daytime television talk show for more than two decades beginning in the early 1960s, died Friday, his 81st birthday.
Douglas died in a Palm Beach Gardens hospital, after being admitted Thursday, said publicist and friend Warren Cowan. The cause of death has not been determined.
Douglas' wife of 53 years, Genevieve, told the Associated Press that her husband had become dehydrated while on the golf course several weeks ago and had been treated off and on since.
"He was coming along fine, we thought. It was really a shock," she told AP on Friday. "We never anticipated this to...