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He died of natural causes in his home in Palisades, New York, according to a statement from his family to The Wrap.
The energetic host was also renowned for writing the pop song “Palisades Park,” a hit for Freddy Cannon, and follow-up books “Bad Grass Never Dies” and “Della: A Memoir of My Daughter,” about the death of his only child from drug abuse.
He eventually graduated from Drexel Institute of Technology in 1953 and held several odd jobs before moving to New York.
When they saw 'The Gong Show' and I would come out, they all thought I was whacked out of my mind. Barris often provided conflicting details about his family life and his early years are somewhat shrouded in mystery.
I had a daughter who was a druggie who I could see as an example.
In 1962, Barris wrote "Palisades Park,” a popular song inspired by the New Jersey amusement park, which was performed by Freddy Cannon.
Barris started his television career in a low-level position at NBC and then worked his way onto the sales staff, only to get laid off during cutbacks. Clark was the host of increased its budget to send contestants on trips, Barris knew that the opportunity for contestants to appear on television was generally prize enough.