Dick Clark Dead at 82
ABC has confirmed that Dick Clark, legendary TV producer and host, is dead at the age of 82. Clark had been in St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica where he suffered a heart attack following an outpatient procedure Tuesday night.
Clark has become a household name, best known for hosting the game show “Pyramid,” “American Bandstand,” and “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.” He began his career in Utica, New York where he started out as a TV announcer and quickly became a producer of dozens of other shows. ABC’s “Bandstand” was one of network TV’s longest-running series and has featured many of music’s greatest icons. Forbes listed Clark as one of their 400 wealthiest Americans in the ‘80s when he had shows on three separate networks in addition to being a partner with the United Stations Radio Network.
Clark had a history of health problems. He was diagnosed in 1994 with Type 2 diabetes which he kept quiet until 2004 when he suffered a stroke that prevented him from hosting “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.” Ryan Seacrest has since taken over the annual New Years broadcast, but Clark has made an appearance every year since. Celebrating 2013 will certainly not be the same without “America’s Oldest Teenager.”
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