Whitney Pastorek
November 16, 2009 AT 09:56 PM EST

The New York Times is reporting that comedian Ken Ober, best known as the host of MTV’s Remote Control, died this weekend of unknown causes, although he had been complaining of flu-like symptoms. He was 52. Ober began hosting Remote Control in 1987, marking MTV’s first foray into original, non-music-video programming. He had more recently been a producer on Comedy Central’s Mind of Mencia and CBS sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine.

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