Country Singer and 'Hee Haw' Host Roy Clark Dead at 85

Country Singer and 'Hee Haw' Host Roy Clark Dead at 85
Country singer Roy Clark — best known as the host of Hee Haw — has passed away at the age of 85. His publicist confirmed that Clark died at his home in Tulsa, OK, due to complications from pneumonia.
 
Clark was born in Meherrin, VA, and began playing guitar, banjo and mandolin at the age of 14. He first appeared onstage at the Grand Ole Opry at age 17, and later played in bands with Jimmy Dean, Hank Penny and Wanda Jackson.
 
Clark later appeared on the Tonight Show when Jimmy Dean was hosting, and eventually landed roles on The Beverly Hillbillies and The Odd Couple.
 
His most famous gig, though, was as the host of Hee Haw. He co-hosted the variety show with Buck Owens from 1969 to 1971, and it remained on the air in syndication until 1993.
 
Clark was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2009.
 
He was married to Barbara Joyce Rupard, and they had four children together.