According to 'The Hollywood Reporter,' art director Ed Flesh died in California on Friday of congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 79 and is survived by his partner of 44 years, David Powers.
The prolific designer shaped the look of dozens of TV game shows including 'The $25,000 Pyramid,' 'Jeopardy!,' 'Name That Tune' and 'The Newlywed Game.'
Paying tribute to Flesh, Bob Eubanks, original host of 'The New Newlywed Game,' said "He truly was a master of his craft."
It was Flesh who came up with the idea to have the wheel on 'Wheel of Fortune' spin horizontally rather than vertically, thereby shaping the whole look of the long-running game show.
Flesh completed his undergraduate work at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., then spent three years doing graduate work in scenic design at the Yale Drama School. He moved to New York, where he designed off-Broadway projects and landed at NBC as supervisor of scenic design.
He later moved to Burbank with NBC where he became the senior art director on 'Days of Our Lives' and worked on several game shows.
Flesh also designed the sets for David Letterman's first talk show for NBC daytime, for 'The Montel Williams Show' and for three special editions of 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' -- for appearances by Barbra Streisand, Madonna and John Travolta.