TODAY   |  February 27, 2014

‘The Dating Game’ host Jim Lange dies at 81

Famed game-show host Jim Lange died Tuesday morning after he suffered a heart attack, his wife said. TODAY’s Willie Geist reports.

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>> now some sad news we just learned overnight. the famed game show host died.

>> reporter: lange is remembered as the first host of "the dating game ."

>> from hollywood, the dating capital of the world , it's "the dating game ." and here's the star of our show, your host, jim lange !

>> jim lange is best known for he is role as host of "the dating game ." the show's format tame by today's standards. a contestant questions three members of the opposite sex hidden from their view to determine who would be the best date.

>> "the dating game " was perfect for the times. the fact that women were making choices was a total different thing for dating.

>> reporter: lange played host to many celebrities guests, include being michael jackson , arnold schwarzenegger and a pre"charlie's angels" farrah fawcett , who was introduced as an artist. jim lange as a young man discovered a passion for local radio , worked as a disk jockey for decades and was the morning deejay in the san francisco area.

>> his wife said his real love was for radio, which is where he ended his career area in the bay area . you're all a little too young to have watched it in its original form and he was amazing.

>> and the kiss.

>> that was iconic.