Kenny Price, the corpulent Elrod on television's "Hee Haw," has died after suffering a heart attack. He was 56.
The country singer and guitar player died in a hospital in Florence, Ky., Tuesday.
Price, who weighed more than 240 pounds, was known as the "Round Mound of Sound." He was a lifelong resident of Florence, south of Cincinnati in northern Kentucky, and had been a star and host of "Midwestern Hayride," a Cincinnati TV show, before joining "Hee Haw" in 1973, two years after the show left national television and went into syndication.
"Hee Haw" was a rustic version of "Laugh-In" and featured corny humor, silly one-liners and an assortment of curious guest stars who mingled on stage with animal characters.
Price portrayed Elrod, the singing sheriff who sang as part of a quartet that rendered at least one gospel song on every program.