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Wednesday 12 December 2018

Liz Taylor's ex Eddie dies after hip surgery

Eddie Fisher, whose fame as a 1950s pop singer was overshadowed by scandals ending his marriages to actresses Debbie Reynolds and Elizabeth Taylor, has died aged 82.

His daughter, Tricia Leigh Fisher said he died at his home in LA of complications from hip surgery.

"Late last evening the world lost a true American icon," Fisher's family said in a statement. "One of the greatest voices of the century passed away. He was an extraordinary talent."

Fisher's clear dramatic singing voice brought him a devoted following of teenage girls in the early 1950s. He sold millions of records with 32 hit songs, including Thinking Of You, and Wish You Were Here. His fame was enhanced by his 1955 marriage to movie darling Debbie Reynolds -- they were touted as "America's favourite couple" -- and the birth of two children.

Their daughter Carrie Fisher became a film star herself in the first three Star Wars films as Princess Leia.

When Eddie Fisher's best friend, producer Mike Todd, was killed in a plane crash, Fisher comforted widow, Elizabeth Taylor. Amid sensationalist headlines, Fisher divorced Reynolds and married Taylor in 1959.

The Fisher-Taylor marriage lasted only five years. She fell in love with Richard Burton, divorced Fisher and married Burton in one of the great entertainment scandals of the 20th century.

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