Ron Popeil, the renaissance man who created the Pocket Fisherman and Hair in a Can, has died … TMZ has learned.
Family sources tell TMZ Ron experienced a severe medical emergency Tuesday and died early Wednesday morning at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in L.A. He was surrounded by his family.
Popeil created the famous the Showtime Rotisserie & Barbeque coined one of the most iconic catch phrases ever — Set it, and forget it!!!
Ron was born in New York in 1935. His first entre into business was with his dad at his manufacturing facility in Chicago, where they sold kitchen products. It obviously made an impact, because Ron learned and then perfected the art of kitchenry.
Ron created the famed Chop-O-Matic in 1959 and it sold like crazy — 2 million units. What followed — the Veg-O-Matic with another great catchphrase for this … “But wait, there’s more!!!”
Popeil formed his own company — Ronco in 1964 and marketed hundreds of products to global TV audiences.
He also made dozens of cameos in TV and film … and was famously parodied by Dan Aykroyd on “SNL” in 1976.
Ron was 86 RIP.