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Charles Van Doren, Contestant in Quiz-Show Scandal, Dies at 93

  • Show’s producers fed him correct answers to boost ratings
  • Congressional investigation revealed corrupt game programs

Charles Van Doren, who deceived millions of U.S. television viewers in the 1950s as the winning contestant on a rigged game show that was the subject of a movie directed by Robert Redford almost four decades later, has died. He was 93.

Van Doren died of natural causes Tuesday at a care center for the elderly in Canaan, Connecticut, his son, John Van Doren told the Associated Press. The funeral services will be private.