Lynde died of a heart attack in 1982 at the age of 55.
Paul Lynde Fun Facts
He studied drama at Northwestern University with fellow future stars Claude Akins, Jeffery Hunter, Cloris Leachman, Patricia Neal and Charlotte Rae,
He made his Broadway debut in the revue New Faces of 1952. Other "new faces" in the show included Alice Ghostly, Eartha Kitt, and Carol Lawrence. Lynde's distinctive vocal mannerisms were influenced by Ghostly (listen to them both and you'll see the resemblance).
Lynde's first TV series was the short lived 1956 sitcom Stanley starring Buddy Hackett as the title character and Carol Burnett as his girlfriend. Lynde never appeared on camera - only his voice was heard as the owner of hotel in which Stanley's newsstand was located.
Also appearing with Paul Lynde in the 1960 Broadway cast of Bye Bye Birdie was another openly gay television personality of the 60's and 70's - Charles Nelson Reilly.
In closing, here's Paul (along with Dick Van Dyke and Maureen Stapleton) performing Kids from Bye Bye Birdie. (You'll also see appearances by Ann-Margret and Janet Leigh)