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Shari Lewis Dies of Cancer at 65

August 3, 1998

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Puppeteer Shari Lewis, the children’s entertainer who charmed youngsters for decades with furry sidekicks Lamb Chop, Charlie Horse and Hush Puppy, died of cancer, her publicist said today. She was 65.

Miss Lewis, diagnosed with uterine cancer in June, was undergoing chemotherapy treatments when she developed pneumonia and died Sunday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, spokeswoman Maggie Begley said.

The Emmy Award-winning ventriloquist began cancer treatments six weeks ago and cut short production in Vancouver on her latest PBS children’s series, ``The Charlie Horse Music Pizza.″

Miss Lewis won 12 Emmys, including five for her last PBS series, ``Lamb Chop’s Play-Along.″

``The Charlie Horse Music Pizza″ was billed by the entertainer as an educational ``Cheers″ for children that focused on music. The show premiered Jan. 5 on PBS.

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