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Singer Eddie Fisher dies aged 82

Published 24/09/2010 | 06:49

Singer Eddie Fisher died aged 82 (AP)
Singer Eddie Fisher died aged 82 (AP)

Entertainer Eddie Fisher, whose singing career was overshadowed by scandals of his marriages to Debbie Reynolds and Elizabeth Taylor, has died. He was 82.

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His daughter, Tricia Leigh Fisher, said that Eddie died on Wednesday night of complications from hip surgery at a hospital in Berkeley.

Eddie sold millions of records in the 1950s with hit songs including Thinking of You, Any Time and Oh, My Pa-pa.

His singing and good looks brought him a devoted following among teenage girls.

He married movie darling Debbie Reynolds in 1955 and they were touted as "America's favourite couple".

Their daughter Carrie Fisher later became a film star herself.

But amid sensational headlines, Eddie divorced Debbie and married Elizabeth in 1959. Elizabeth dropped him a few years later when she fell in love with Richard Burton.

Eddie's career never recovered from the notoriety. He married actress Connie Stevens, and they had two daughters. Another divorce followed. He married twice more.

Edwin Jack Fisher was born August 10, 1928, in Philadelphia, one of seven children of a Jewish grocer. At 15 he was singing on Philadelphia radio.

After moving to New York, Eddie was adopted as a protege by comedian Eddie Cantor, who helped the young singer become a star in radio, television and records.

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