MERV GRIFFIN "deserved to die" because he avoided treating his prostate cancer, according to comedian Jerry Lewis.
Griffin, the brains behind game shows like Jeopardy and Wheel Of Fortune, died earlier this month (Aug07) at the age of 82.
Lewis reveals he was furious when his late pal passed away - because he had the same disease, but was cured after seeing doctors.
Speaking on U.S. TV show Entertainment Tonight, Lewis says, "I was very angry when I heard (Griffin) died. He didn't have to die. He knew he had prostate cancer, and he did nothing about it. He deserved to die.
"You can't have cancer and say, 'I'll be all right.' You're not going to be all right. It's a malady that has to be addressed. I had it. I went and had it addressed and got it out of there. I'm going to beat George Burns. Burns died at 100, I'm going to go for 101, and I want a television special for my 101st birthday!"