Comedian Steve Allen Dies at Age 78


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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Comedian and musician Steve Allen, who was the first host of NBC's “Tonight Show,” has died, a spokesman said. He was 78.

Spokesman Kevin Sasaki said Allen died of a possible heart attack during a visit to his son's home to see his grandchildren.

Once called television's “man for all seasons,” Allen was celebrated for his quick wit, horn-rimmed glasses and for his song-writing skills. Among his 4,000 songs were “This Could Be the Start of Something Big” and “Impossible.”

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