Roy Clark, Country Music Legend, Dead at 85
Roy Clark, the legendary country music singer and host of the country music variety show “Hee Haw,” has died at the age of 85, TMZ reports.
A rep for the Grammy Award-winning singer confirmed that Clark passed away Thursday morning (Nov. 15) at his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
As for Clark’s cause of death, his rep said he had recently gotten sick with pneumonia and ultimately passed due to complications from the illness.
Clark was one of the first artists to land singles on both the pop and country charts … and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2009. Roy played the guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, harmonica and many other instruments.
Roy Clark—who played the guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, harmonica and many other instruments—held the honor of being one of the first artists in music history to land singles on both the pop and the country charts. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2009.
Clark’s country music variety show “Hee Haw” aired for 24 years, making it one of the longest syndicated TV shows in history. Clark often had musical guests on the show, including Johnny Cash, Garth Brooks and Loretta Lynn, just to name a few.
Roy Clark is survived by his wife of 61 years, Barbara, and their five children. According to TMZ, there will be a memorial to honor him in Tulsa, where Roy has lived since 1974, in the coming days.