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Dick Clark Dead at 82

dick clark dead at 82

Dick Clark has passed away at the age of 82, it is being reported.

The longtime host of New Years’ Rockin’ Eve had been in failing health in recent years, following a 2004 stroke that forced him to cut back on his place hosting the show on ABC. Clark was a prominent pop-culture presence for many decades, starting his career way back in the 1940’s. But he rose to national fame when he began hosting American Bandstand in the early to mid-fifties.

The show was a hit, running for over 30 years in several incarnations until it went syndicated in 1987. But younger viewers are mostly likely to know Clark from his duties ushering in the New Year on ABC, a gig he began back in 1972. Twice Clark had been unable to perform his duties, once in 2000, and again in 2005 while he recovered from his stroke.

But Clark returned for New Year 2006, hosting alongside new host Ryan Seacrest, who took on much of the show’s duties after Clark fell ill. TMZ first reported Clark’s death, citing a massive heart attack as the cause:

“Clark’s rep tells TMZ, the TV icon had been in St. John’s hospital in L.A. after undergoing an outpatient procedure last night. Clark suffered the “massive” heart attack following the procedure. Attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful… Clark’s health had been on the decline since he suffered a significant stroke in 2004 — forcing him to retire from his hosting gig at “New Years’ Rockin’ Eve,” which he created in 1972. Ryan Seacrest took over in 2006. Dick has appeared on the show sporadically ever since. His final appearance was in 2011.”

As the site notes, Clark is survived by his third wife, Kari Wigton.

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11 Responses to “Dick Clark Dead at 82”

  1. Jeannie Walter

    We discussed this only a month ago; and decided that when the sad day came that he wouldn't be there at Times Square on New Year's Eve, neither would we. :( But, of course, with the other stations' pathetic attempt at New Years Eve hosts (think Kathy Griffith, and rest assured that we'll never watch anything with her gross mug plastered on it no matter how adorable Anderson Cooper is), our only option is to watch ABC as Seacrest takes over for Dick…so I suppose that out of respect for Mr. Clark, we'll still have to tune in to ABC because of that sense of holiday tradition. I sure won't seem right, though. :( He used to drive me crazy when I was a kid, and came home from school every afternoon wanting to watch cartoons, only to be denied because my mother was watching his American Bandstand…but as the years went by, for a brief moment in time, my kids got annoyed with me on Saturday because I was the one who wanted to watch A.B. lol He'll be sadly missed, but fondly remembered, as a true American icon. God bless you, Dick, and thanks for the memories.

  2. Susan D. Mitchell

    Miss you already Dick! you brought in many good years for me :P

  3. Connie Keown

    Another legend goes to heaven. Rest Easy Dick Clark.
    You will be fondly remembered and sadly missed.

  4. Brenda Anderson

    Dick Clark you will be very much missed. May you rest in peace. Thank-you for all the great entertainment, especially the American Bandstand. God Bless.