"He was a dear, dear friend and we became even closer in the last 15 years. He was there for me on some of the hardest days when Ronnie was fighting Alzheimer's and he was there for me every day after Ronnie died. Merv meant the world to me.
"I will miss him and his brilliant smile, his wonderful voice, and the twinkle in his eyes, every day for the rest of my life. My love and prayers are with (Griffin's son) Tony and the entire family."
Griffin died at Los Angeles' Cedars Sinai Medical Center early on Sunday after losing his battle with prostate cancer.
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