Charles "Chuck" Foley — the father of nine who invented the popular game Twister — has died, and CBC Ottawa has put together a pictorial tribute to the man and his beloved game.

Foley died July 1 at a care facility in the Minneapolis suburb of St. Louis Park. He was 82 years old.

His son, Mark Foley, said his father had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease.

Foley and a collaborator, Neil Rabens, were hired in the mid-1960s by a St. Paul manufacturing firm that wanted to expand into games and toys.

They came up with a game to be played on a mat on the floor, using a spinner to direct players to place their hands and feet on different coloured circles.

The game became a sensation after Johnny Carson and Eva Gabor played it on The Tonight Show in 1966.

Hasbro Inc., which now manufacturers the game, has said it continues to be a top seller.

The host of CBC Radio's All In A Day, Alan Neal, asked listeners on Friday to take photos of any red, green, blue or yellow circles in a tribute to Foley. You can see some of those photos below.

The Associated Press