Howard Stern has announced that his father, Ben Stern, has died aged 99.
The outspoken presenter revealed the sad news in a recent interview, where he said the loss has helped inspire new artwork.
Howard, 68, is best known for his radio work but is also a gifted artist, with much of his work centered around landscape paintings.
In an interview with Dan’s Papers about his new series of paintings, Howard spoke about his work and said he felt his works “honored” his father in some way.
He explained that he was working on a new painting of Corwith Barns, which “is no longer there” but which he has “photographed several times”.
“I do a large painting that hopefully captures every broken plank on this decaying structure,” he said.
“I lost my father recently, he was 99 years old.
“I don’t know how old those barns were, but I feel like painting the barns pays homage to him and everyone who gets old and then is gone.”
The veteran DJ, who hosts The Howard Stern Show, is known as the “king of all media” for his success in the arts.
He has hosted late night TV shows and pay-per-view events, is a well-known entertainer, and is even one of the best-selling novelists.
Two of his books – Miss America and Private Parts – have each sold over a million copies, with the second being adapted into a film in which Howard starred himself.
His father, who hails from Queens in New York, resembles his son in that he has a long career.
He was a US Army veteran and later worked as a radio engineer at the Chinese language station WHOM.
He later became co-owner and operator of Aure Recording Inc., a Manhattan-based cartoon and commercial-focused recording studio.
Howard previously admitted he was inspired to work in radio after seeing his father at work.
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