Dick Clark passes away at 82

Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 1:11am

Icon in entertainment, known as "America's oldest teenager," Dick Clark passed away in the morning, Wednesday, April 18, following a massive heart attack.  The announcement was made by his family.

Clark, 82, had entered St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica last night for an outpatient procedure. Attempts to resuscitate were unsuccessful.

Clark is best know for hosting television's longest running variety show, American Bandstand, from 1957 to 1987.  The show and its host are recognized for paving way for musical acts and audience members to appear on the show, both black and white, becoming one of the first shows to be desegregated on television.

Among other accomplishments, he created the American Music Awards in 1973, hosted The $10,000 Pyramid and Bloopers and Practical Jokes and founded his own production company, Dick Clark Productions.

Clark began producing Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve for ABC, hosting the festivities from 1972 to 1999 and 2001 to 2003.  In 2000, his show was preempted due to ABC News coverage of the new millennium celebration, but still appeared on ABC during the ball drop in New York's Times Square.  In 2004, Regis Philbin filled in for Clark after he suffered a stroke earlier in the year.  Since 2005, American Idol host Ryan Seacrest has been co-hosting the program with segments of Clark in Times Square for the ball drop.

Seacrest opened up tonight's American Idol with a tribute to Clark, saying he'll miss his friend.

He is survived by his wife Kari and his three children, RAC, Duane and Cindy.


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