Phyllis Diller, the trailblazing comedian and actress, died Monday in her Los Angeles home, according to sources. Diller, who was 95, suffered a heart attack in 1999 and was fitted with a pacemaker. Recently she had fallen, hurting her wrist and hip, and her health had been on the decline. Diller gained popularity in the 1950s and in the 1960s, when she began hosting her own TV specials. She later starred in two of her own shows, and was a regular on the sketch comedy program Laugh In and on the game shows Hollywood Squares and The Gong Show.
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