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Elvis Performer, Ted Prior, Dead of Cancer

"It is with deep sorrow I report my friend and local legendary entertainer Ted Prior took his final curtain call today," Neil Regina announced on Prior's Facebook page about 8:15 a.m.

Ted Prior, Elvis-inspired performer extraordinaire and beloved regular entertainer at many local events, died this morning after battling brain cancer, according to his manager.

"It is with deep sorrow I report my friend and local legendary entertainer Ted Prior took his final curtain call today," Neil Regina announced on Prior's Facebook page about 8:15 a.m.

"The stars in heaven will be much brighter and the music in rock 'n' roll heaven will be much sweeter with him in lead vocal."

In an  with Patch in December, Prior discussed how disappointed he was to have to miss the city's First Night celebration. He said it was—amazingly—the first time he had canceled an appearance in his nearly 50 years in show business.

In that interview, Prior—who took great pride that his coal-black Elvis swoop of hair was his own and that he hoped it and his awesome sideburns survived chemotherapy and radiation—was optimistic that he could come back and perform after successful treatment.

"I'm gonna give it the old college try," Prior said.

Prior lived in Galloway Township with his wife, Carol.

 

Ted Prior's Facebook page: facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000731173773

Ted Prior on Myspace: myspace.com/thelivingsoundofelvis

Check back on Ocean City Patch for reaction from city officials and funeral arrangements. 

ALBERT S WITHEE 3RD May 15, 2011 at 04:20 PM
TED WILL BE DEEPLY MISSED FROM HIS FAMILY AND STAFF MEMBERS WHO CHERISHED EVERYTHING HE DID FOR US AND INCLUDING BILLY WHO HE CHERISHED THE MOST WE LOVE YOU AND WILL BE DEEPLY MISSED WITH OUR DEEPEST SORRY TO HIS FAMILY ALBERT S WITHEE 3RD TAMMY DAWSON AND BILLY DAWSON MAY GOD WATCH OVER YOU
Gloria May 18, 2011 at 04:45 PM
I am sooo saddened by this news. I met Ted at The Flanders Hotel back when I was working there. He'd performed in Ocean City so very many times, and is well loved, and will be much, much sadly missed. A true trooper, always a gentleman and one of the finest Elvis' I've ever seen! Rest in Peace Ted. God bless and comfort his family. xo Gloria

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