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Tragic Creator of 'Oprah Winfrey Show' dies at 66

Michael King died on May 27 after contracting a bad infection from visiting son in France

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Dr. Phil, Michael King and Oprah Winfrey play

Dr. Phil, Michael King and Oprah Winfrey

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The man who co-created the famous 'Oprah Winfrey Show' and 'Dr. Phil' has died.

Michael King died yesterday, May 27 at the Cedars Sinai Medical Center in West Hollywood after been treated for pneumonia.

According to TMZ, King and his wife went to France several weeks ago to visit their son and when he returned home (America), he'd contracted a bad infection.

He was placed on a ventilator and did not get better. His health continued to deteriorate and reports say doctors removed him from life support and he passed away several hours later.

King was the CEO of King World Productions and was considered one of the most successful producers in (US) TV history

He also acquired the rights to 'Wheel of Fortune' and 'Jeopardy' in addition to Oprah and Phil.

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