Legendary Loss: Dick Clark Dies At Age 82 From Massive Heart Attack |Video|

19
Apr

American TV Host and icon Dick Clark has died at the age of 82. Clark was noted as the host of the long running “American Bandstand” dance show and his coveted “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin Eve” party. 

Clark’s agent Paul Shefrin said in statement that the veteran host died Wednesday morning (April 18) following a “massive heart attack.”

Long dubbed “the world’s oldest teenager” because of his boyish appearance, Clark bridged the rebellious new music scene and traditional show business, and was equally comfortable whether chatting about music with Sam Cooke or bantering with Ed McMahon about TV bloopers. He thrived as the founder of Dick Clark Productions, supplying movies, game and music shows, beauty contests and more to TV. Among his credits: “The $25,000 Pyramid,” “TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes” and the American Music Awards.

In 2004, Clark announced plans for a revamped version of “American Bandstand.” The show, produced with “American Idol” creator Simon Fuller, was to feature a host other than Clark.

He was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in 1994 and served as spokesman for the American Association of Diabetes Educators.

Clark, twice divorced, had a son, Richard Augustus II, with first wife Barbara Mallery and two children, Duane and Cindy, with second wife Loretta Martin. He married Kari Wigton in 1977.

Check out CBS coverage of the legend.

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