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‘Crackhead Bob,’ recurring guest on ‘Howard Stern,' has died

“Crackhead Bob,” a fan-favorite recurring guest on “The Howard Stern Show” in the late 1990s and early 2000s, has died at 56.

Bob, whose real name was George Harvey, regularly appeared on Stern’s show for parts of seven years as a member of the Wack Pack — an eclectic group of guests who typically had something unusual about them.

Harvey earned his nickname after revealing on air that smoking crack led to a series of strokes that hindered his speech and left part of his body paralyzed, according to an announcement on Stern’s website on Monday.

His good-natured sense of humor and willingness to partake in bits such as singing song covers or making prank phone calls made him one of the more popular members of the Wack Pack.

“He was a huge champion of our show,” Stern said Monday.

“Crackhead Bob,” whose real name was George Harvey, has died at 56.Roger Kisby/Getty Images

“Crackhead Bob,” whose real name was George Harvey, has died at 56.

He was hospitalized near his Texas home two days before he was found dead, TMZ reported.

He’d been “feeling weak” and had problems with high blood pressure, the web site said.

His father discovered his body after going to check on him when he was a no-show for a followup appointment with his doctor, the TMZ report said.

Authorities believe he died of natural causes, TMZ said.

Harvey made a name for himself as a recurring guest on “The Howard Stern Show.”L. Busacca/WireImage for Sirius Satellite R

Harvey made a name for himself as a recurring guest on “The Howard Stern Show.”

Stern discovered Harvey in 1995 after seeing him at a number of his public appearances in the mid-’90s.

The popular shock jock made Harvey a recurring personality on the program shortly after, and he continued to make appearances through 2001.

Harvey didn’t appear on the show again until late 2005, when he surprised listeners with his improved speech.

He then explained that his newfound fame as a personality on “Howard Stern” led to a number of paid appearances — many of which left him surrounded by drugs and alcohol — so he decided to stop going on the show.

“I had to do what I had to do for me, for a while,” he said on the 2005 episode.

He made another appearance on the show several months later for Stern’s final appearance on K-ROCK radio.

Harvey is the fourth personality from the show to die in the last 18 months.

Riley Martin, who claimed he was abducted by the Biaviian alien race on more than one occasion, died in January at 69 from complications from an undisclosed illness.

Johnny Fratto, a self-described Mafia guru, died of lung cancer in Los Angeles in November at 61.

In September 2014, Eric (The Actor) Lynch, a 3-foot-tall dwarf, died at 39.

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