Longtime Detroit radio host Mike Clark has passed away. Clark was half of the WRIF-FM morning show known as 'Drew & Mike' which dominated the Detroit radio market for much of the 90s and 2000s.

As an avid media consumer, I found myself frequently listening to the Detroit radio duo during their tenure in the Motor City, and I had a tremendous respect for Clark's ability to be irreverent and outlandish while (just barely) not crossing the line. My sympathies go out to his family during this difficult time.

According to WJBK, Clark had been suffering from health issues over the past few years and died in his sleep early this morning. (10/16) No cause of death has been released.

Drew Lane had kind words about his longtime radio partner:  "He was uniquely funny and always fun to be around. He loved the show and the people who listened. He went into radio at age 37 and I know he felt very blessed to do it and get paid. He shared anything if it would get a laugh. His was the loudest and best. Mike loved his wife Trish dearly and they were rarely separated. Mike was very close to his sister Cyn and of course his dad and extended family. He loved his dog Penny, flying and Jimi Hendrix…not certain in which order. Make a huge fuss. He would love it!”

In a Facebook post from earlier today, Clark's family asked that fans respect their privacy.