SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Former talk show host Tom Snyder has died.
He was known for his improvised, casual style and his robust laughter, as he hosted the late-night interview program "The Tomorrow Show" on NBC. His guests included John Lennon, Charles Manson, and Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols.
A long-time producer and friend says Snyder died yesterday in San Francisco from complications associated with leukemia. He was 71 years old.
Snyder began his career as a radio reporter in Milwaukee in the 1960s, before moving into local TV news in Philadelphia and Los Angeles.
After moving to late-night network TV, he became even better known when he was spoofed by Dan Aykroyd in the early days of "Saturday Night Live."
Snyder smoked throughout his show. The cloud of cigarette smoke swirled around him during his interviews.