Roy Clark, Country Guitar Virtuoso, ‘Hee Haw’ Star, Has Died

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 02: Roy Clark performs onstage at the 50th annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on November 2, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images)

A publicist said country star Roy Clark, the guitar virtuoso and singer who headlined the cornpone TV show “Hee Haw” for nearly a quarter century, has died. He was 85.

Jeremy Westby said Clark died Thursday due to complications from pneumonia at home in Tulsa.

Clark was “Hee Haw” host or co-host for its entire 24-year run. The country music and comedy show’s last new episode aired in 1993, though reruns continued for a few years thereafter.

Clark played the guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, harmonica and other instruments. His skills brought him gigs as guest performer with many top orchestras, including the Boston Pops.

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