Dick Clark Dies at 82
Published Apr 18, 2012American music icon Dick Clark has died. According to media reports, the legendary television host and producer passed away of a heart attack this morning (April 18). He was 82.
Details are still coming in, but TMZ reports that Clark entered L.A.'s St. John's Hospital for a procedure last night, but suffered a heart attack shortly after being admitted. Attempts to resuscitate Clark were unsuccessful.
Dubbed "America's Oldest Teenager," Clark got his start in the industry in the late '40s as a fill-in broadcaster at WRUN-AM in Rome, NY, but many will remember the on-air personality for his work on American Bandstand, which he began hosting in 1956. The television show featured artists of the day performing in front of a group of dancing teenagers, and ran until 1987.
Other career highlights for Clark included radio programs like the long-running Rock, Roll & Remember, his annual New Year's Rockin' Eve, and stints hosting television programs like The $10,000 Pyramid and TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes.
Clark suffered a stroke in 2004 that led to him handing primary hosting duties for New Year's Rockin' Eve to Ryan Seacrest, though Clark did still appear on the specials.
Clark is survived by his wife Kari Wigton and three children from his two previous marriages.