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Denis Simpson, One of the Original Polkaroos, Dies


 

A sad coda to the recent round of Polkaroo-mania: Denis Simpson, one of the show’s rotating hosts, has died of a brain hemorrhage at the age of 59.

Even the obituary doesn’t reveal that the male hosts played Polkaroo, though I don’t know if that’s because there wasn’t room or because it was a secret. In any case, there’s a fuller obituary from xtra.ca (which also doesn’t mention that he was Polkaroo) and “Retrontario,” the YouTube channel devoted to the good old days of Ontario television, has an excerpt from one of his episodes:


 
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Denis Simpson, One of the Original Polkaroos, Dies

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