Dick Clark Dies of Heart Attack at 82

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Dick Clark passed away this morning after suffering a major heart attack. He had been in St. John's hospital in L.A. for an outpatient procedure last night.

The seemingly ageless show business legend, who earned the nickname "America's Oldest Teenager" well into retirement age for most people, was 82.

Clark's rep confirm that the TV icon suffered the "massive" heart attack following the procedure, and attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.

RIP Dick Clark

The Mount Vernon, N.Y. native was a powerhouse producer who changed the way America listened to pop music with American Bandstand in the '50s and '60s.

He then started Dick Clark Productions, which produced countless hits.

Clark became synonymous with everything from The $25,000 Pyramid to TV's Bloopers & Practical Jokes to the American Music Awards ... and December 31.

Clark's health had been declining ever since he suffered a major stroke in 2004, forcing him to retire from his hosting gig at New Years' Rockin' Eve.

Clark created the NYE staple in 1972, and has continued appeared on the show every year, even after passing the hosting torch to Ryan Seacrest.

Dick, who also battled Type 2 Diabetes, is survived by his current wife, Kari Wigton, and three adult children from his two previous marriages.

He will be missed by generations of fans.


I loved Dick Clark!Yes!He was the oldest American teenager and he was amazing!He will be so truly missed.


Sad he died, but he has been given waaay too much credit. For one, he was not the first to have black performers on his show, Alan Freed had both black performers and dancers on his show well before Mr. Clark. 'Bandstand' did not showcase black dancers until the freakin' 70's! This was the reason for Don Cornelius creating 'Soul Train' in 1970.


Rest In Paradise Dick Clark.


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Dick Clark was a man of integrity, and a true gentleman,he will indeed be sorely missed. Our loss,is heavens gain!


No one will ever replace him. I loved this man. My mother had me watching Banstand since i was 1. R.I.P.XO


I worked with dick clark and his son RAC as crerator and consulting producer of the hit series Puttin' on the Hits. i had recently contacted Dick to bring back the all new POTH series as Americas Lip Sync Star. This now may not happen. We will miss dick clark,
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He was great! Nobody like him! Yes, he'll be missed.


RIP Dick...Always a class act & a gentleman. Thank you sir, for so many wonderful, happy years!


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Best in the east, give it at least a seventy five! RIP, Mr. Clark! Thank you for all the fun and happy memories!