Money Matters - Simplified

game show

'Weakest Link' host Coyne found dead

London -- Fiona Coyne, host of the South African version of the game show "The Weakest Link" since 2003, has been found dead at her home in Fish Hoek, police said.

Investigators confirmed to the BBC that Coyne's housekeeper found her body Wednesday. However, they declined to discuss rumors that the 45-year-old TV presenter, actress and playwright had committed suicide.

"We've opened up an inquest and the course of death will be determined from that," Capt. Stephen Knap of the Cape Town police told the British broadcaster.

Copyright 2010 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

Disney to pay Celador $269.2M in damages

Los Angeles -- A federal jury in Riverside, Calif., awarded Celador International, creator of the game show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," nearly $269.2 million in damages.

The Los Angeles Times said Celador sued The Walt Disney Co. in 2004, demanding what it said was its fair share of profits from the show, which aired on Disney's ABC-TV network for three years, starting in 1999. A shortened version of the series has appeared in syndication on local TV stations in recent years.

The damages cover licensing fees and money owed to Celador from the sale of "Millionaire"-related merchandise, the Times said Wednesday.

"Wipeout" contestant Tom Sparks dies

Los Angeles, November 13 -- Tom Sparks, a popular former TV host from California, died of an apparent stroke after competing briefly on the game show "Wipeout" - the ABC reality show that sends contestants through several physically challenging obstacle courses.