Cleveland icon ‘The Ghoul’ dies 5 months after suffering heart attack

Published: Apr. 3, 2019 at 5:03 AM EDT
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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Ron Sweed, better known as late night talk show host ‘The Ghoul’ is dead at the age of 70.

The news comes just five months after he suffered a massive heart. Sweed underwent triple-bypass surgery on Nov. 7, 2018.

Sweed’s first wife, Barbara King, made the announcement via Facebook:

"It’s with a broken heart I am telling all my family and friends and you wonderful Ghoul fans that Ron Sweed lost his courageous 5 month fight and died last night.

I can not thank all of you enough for your outpouring of love and prayers when I first announced Ron’s heart attack 5 months ago.

Many of you told me stories of meeting Ron or how watching his TV show cheered you up; that all meant a lot to me. I met Ron when I was 17, we got married when I was 18. We were married 14 years. Although we divorced we remained best friends.

My heart goes out to Mary Therese, his wife, who was steadfastly at his side throughout all of this. I lost my best friend but she has lost her partner in life."

Sweed played the character of The Ghoul following in the footsteps of Ernie Anderson.

He was first invited on stage in event in 1963 when the 13-year-old showed up in a gorilla suit.

Years later he became a production assistant for the WJW show and, with Anderson’s blessing, started hosting his own in 1970.

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