Less than a year after Jim Hager died....
Jon Hager, 67, who performed in the musical comedy duo the Hager Twins on "Hee Haw," has died. Sam Lovullo, who produced "Hee Haw" and was a friend of Mr. Hager's, said he was found dead Jan. 9 in his apartment in Nashville.
The precise cause of death could not be learned, but Lovullo said Mr. Hager had been in poor health and was depressed since his identical twin brother, Jim Hager, died in May.
The twins were in the original cast of the syndicated TV show, which debuted in 1969 and satirized country life with a mixture of music and comedy. Both were guitarists and drummers.
The Hagers had worked with country star Buck Owens and joined "Hee Haw" when Owens signed as the show's co-host with Roy Clark.
Lovullo said they were originally hired for their musical talent, but as the show went on, they incorporated more comedy into their act. The Hagers left the program after 19 years in 1988 and continued to perform together.
The twins were born in Chicago and were adopted by a Methodist minister and his wife, who were from the South. They began performing on Chicago television shows in their teens and later served as musicians in the Army.
They lived in Los Angeles before "Hee Haw." They said in 1998 that they had been together all their lives except for three years, when Jon Hager left Los Angeles and moved to Nashville. Jim remained on the West Coast but eventually followed his brother to Nashville.
They had a hit country song, "Gotta Get to Oklahoma," in 1969. They also appeared in the 1976 TV movie "Twin Detectives" with Lillian Gish and hosted TNN's "Country Kitchen" with Florence Henderson in 1987.