LOS ANGELES – Pop singer Eddie Fisher, whose clear voice brought him a devoted following of teenage girls in the early 1950s before marriage scandals overshadowed his fame, has died at age 82.
He passed away Wednesday night at his home in Berkeley of complications from hip surgery, his daughter, Tricia Leigh Fisher (daughter of Connie Stevens) of Los Angeles, told The Associated Press.
The onetime teen idol said he's finally shaken a 37-year addiction to drugs and alcohol. He credits his companion of three years, Betty Lin, who persuaded him to seek help, which he got at the Betty Ford Clinic.
Fisher - who tried to quit several times before, but failed - said he's been clean for 18 months. "That's the longest I've been sober since I got out of the Army in 1953," he said. "Really, I'm lucky to be alive, and lucky to have a fresh outlook on life." This was 19 years ago. That's why I am shocked he made it to 82. What an understatement considering the damage he inflicted on his families. What a rat. Sorry sorry to speak ill of the dead, but really what good did he do anyone but himself?
"Late last evening the world lost a true America icon," Fisher's family said in a statement released by publicist British Reece. "One of the greatest voices of the century passed away. He was an extraordinary talent and a true mensch." (???)