In a case of appropriate finality, 1980's talk show host Morton
Downey Jr. dies of lung cancer and respiratory failure. Downey gained
notoriety for constantly chain smoking and blowing smoke on unpopular
gusts of "The Morton Downey Jr. Show," a controversial
program that served as a somewhat high-brow predecessor to today's
trash TV programs. Though not exactly sophisticated, Downey's talk
show did feature social topics more than personal ones, unlike the
Jerry Springer and Jenny Jones Shows that he unwittingly spawned.