Frank Avruch, an actor best known for playing Bozo the Clown in the children's television program of the same name, has died at the age of 89 on Tuesday, March 20.
According to The Associated Press, the death of the TV star was confirmed to WCVB-TV by his family on Thursday, March 22. They also revealed that Frank passed away from heart disease in his Boston home.
Frank Avruch, Bozo the Clown Actor, Dies at Age 89: Cause of Death?
The late actor's family told the station,
While it's hard to say goodbye, we celebrate the legacy of joy and laughter he brought to millions of children around the world as Bozo the Clown on TV and as a UNICEF Ambassador and later as host of Channel 5's Great Entertainment and Boston's Man About Town. Our dad loved the children of all ages who remembered being on his show and was always grateful for their kind words. We will miss him greatly.
In addition, a post on Frank's website read,
I'm Anita Pollak, Frank's Webmaster for over 20 years. Through all that time, he and his lovely wife Betty have been very dear friends, both to me and to my husband Rick. It is with great sadness that I share the news that Frank Avruch passed away Tuesday, March 20, 2018.
As reported by USA Today, on Wednesday, manager Stuart Hersh told The Associated Press,
He had a heart of gold. He brought the Bozo the Clown character to life better than anyone else's portrayal of Bozo the Clown.
Frank appeared on the children's show from 1959 to 1970 and his role as Bozo the Clown he had once referred to as "one of the highlights of my career."
He also starred on The Great Entertainment, Man About Town, and Good Day for more than four decades. Additionally, he was a philanthropist and longtime supporter of UNICEF.
Frank is survived by his wife Betty, his two sons Steven and Matthew and his grandchildren.