Ray Combs hosted the game show Family Feud
for six years, replacing original host Richard Dawson
in 1988 and in turn being replaced by Dawson, who returned to the show in 1994. Ray Combs was a comedian and guest-starred in a few 1980s TV shows before he was hired for his gig at Family Feud
in 1988. After Dawson's return, Combs hosted an unrelated show, Family Challenge
, from 1995-96. Combs's life ended in tragedy in 1996. Apparently distraught over marital and financial problems, Combs was admitted to the psychiatric ward of the Glendale (Calif.) Adventist Medical Center. There he used bedsheets to hang himself in a closet.