On Thursday, reports have emerged that the famous, long-time entertainer and TV personality who was known for playing Bozo the Clown has passed away. He was 89 years old.
According to WCB-TV, Frank Avruch passed away Tuesday from a long battle with heart disease in his Boston home.
During his 40-year-long career, Avruch did many things. Most people know him as Bozo the Clown from 1959 to 1970.
Avruch was the host for “The Great Entertainment,” “Man About Town,” and was also a “Good Day” contributor.
“I’ve done it all. I’ve done radio, I’ve done TV, I’ve done booth announcing, disc jockey shows, interviews — serious interviews, not-so-serious interviews,” Avruch said.
Avruch was a Boston University graduate and started his career in radio before moving on to television. Many people were shocked to find out the Avruch was a clown; Bozo the Clown for that matter.
“A lot of people when they talk to me now, they are sort of hesitant to bring it up. How could this suave, somewhat sophisticated man be this guy with red-orange hair and big shoes? And I said, that is one of the highlights of my career,” he said.
"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," his family said in a statement. "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."
Avruch survived his wife, Betty, two sons, and grandchildren. Please keep everyone in your prayers as they go through this difficult time.
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