Sam Lovullo (center left), who as producer and co-creator of "Hee Haw" brought country music and homestyle humor to millions of American homes, died at his home in Los Angeles on Jan. 3, 2017. He had been suffering from heart disease. He was 88. 

He's shown here in 2007 with singer Willie Nelson and the cast of "Hee Haw" as he accepts the Entertainer's Award during the 5th Annual TV Land Awards in Santa Monica, Calif.