Monty Hall Dead - 'Let's Make a Deal Host' Passes Away at 96

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His much loved show Let's Make A Deal - a staple of U.S. daytime TV - was renowned for brightly dressed contestants plucked from the studio audience who would trade an item of their own in exchange for a prize.

Per The New York Times, Hall's daughter, Joanna Gleason, confirmed his cause of death was due to heart failure. The story the show sold you was that audience members wore costumes to attract Hall's attention - but everyone was dressed as a chicken, or a clown, or a cowboy. "He lived for his family".

A probability brain teaser was named after the game-show host. He re-invented the catch phrase when announcing who would compete next on Let's Make A Deal. Contestants would vie for the chance to see if they would win the big prize or the booby prize "behind door No. 3". Sometimes the new prize was something odd like a salami tree or a double-decker dining room set or it was something much better.

Born Monte Halparin in Winnipeg, Canada, Hall rose to fame in 1963 with the widespread success of the game show. Television was a vehicle for him to earn money that he was always giving away. In addition, Hall more than paid it forward with his charitable works over the years. It has also been reported that even in his advanced age, Hall would donate up to 200 days a year to working telethons and working for whatever charities that he could.

Game-show host Monty Hall has died at age 96
Game-show host Monty Hall has died at age 96

Though he had gave up hosting duties, Hall retained ownership of the franchise and still made occasional guest appearances on the current CBS version, hosted by Brady.

"Do you want Door No. 1, No. 2 or No. 3?" had become the famous phrase of the game show, which had also allowed contestants to try their luck and winning a new auto.

The so-called "Monty Hall problem" - a probability puzzle about switching choices when faced with "Let's Make a Deal"-style options - was featured in the 2008 Kevin Spacey film "21".

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