Dick Clark Dead At 82: Ringing In 2013 Won't Be The Same

Clark was often called "the world's oldest teenager" because of his youthful appearance


Dick Clark, the longtime host of "American Bandstand," is dead after suffering a heart attack, according to several published news reports.  

The personable 82-year-old TV producer and host had been at St. John's Hospital in Los Angeles after undergoing an outpatient procedure on Tuesday, according to TMZ. Clark reportedly suffered a heart attack following the procedure and died on Wednesday after failed attempts to resuscitate him.

Clark endured a long list of health troubles over the years and had a stroke in 2004 that caused him to retire as host of "New Years' Rockin' Eve," the show he created in 1972. Although Ryan Seacrest took over as host, Clark made brief appearances on the show each New Year's Eve, his health problems increasingly obvious as the years went on.

Because of his youthful appearance, Clark was often nicknamed "the world's oldest teenager." He also, though, was a savvy businessman, one who masterminded several popular game shows and music programs.

But perhaps he was most well-known as host of "American Bandstand," one of network TV's longest-running series, airing from 1957 to 1987.

That show introduced countless stars — including many African-American stars—to fans ranging from Michael Jackson to Madonna to Buddy Holly.

Clark was married three times and has three children and is survived by his current wife Kari Wigton.

Clark notoriously hated to say goodbye, not on any show he did. Instead he ended every broadcast with his signature salute, “So long.”

What do you remember about Dick Clark? Tell us in the comments section below.

watchamean April 20, 2012 at 12:44 PM
I take 82


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