Dick Clark Passes Away at 82

The 'American Bandstand' host and TV producer died after a heart attack in a Santa Monica, California hospital this morning.
Dick Clark passes away at age 82
Dick Clark passes away at age 82
Iconic TV personality and producer Dick Clark passed away this morning at the age of 82. He suffered a heart attack at Saint John's Hospital in Santa Monica, California, just one day after he was admitted for an outpatient procedure.

Dick Clark built an empire that spanned through music and television, starting with the show that bridged both mediums, American Bandstand. The show was one of the longest-running TV programs ever, running from 1957 to 1987, which served as a launching pad for many music stars such as Buddy Holly and Madonna. In 1974, he created the American Music Awards for ABC, after the network lost the rights to The Grammy Awards.

His Dick Clark Productions company also launched a slew of successful game shows in the 1970s and 1980s like TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes and The $10,000 Pyramid. He was also a mainstay on New Year's Eve, hosting Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve, until suffering a stroke in 2004. Ryan Seacrest took over as the primary host after the stroke.

Dick Clark was born Richard Wagstaff Clark on November 30, 1929 in Mount Vernon, New York. He began his career in a Utica, New York radio station mail room in 1945, and graduated with a broadcasting degree from Syracuse University. He is survived by two sons, Richard Augustus II and Duane, and a daughter, Cindy.


Sources: CBS News

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  1. Sean

    @jasdjqs He will be missed. Unfortunately, It will not be the same.

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  2. CelluloidDreams

    End of an era in music!

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  3. slysnide

    He takes with him the greatest slice of Americana. Goodbye Dick, and thanks for American Bandstand.

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  4. jasdjqs

    New year in NYC will not be the same

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  5. Bane5000

    Truly an American icon we have lost, we will miss u Mr. Clark

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  6. moviegeek

    too bad.

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  7. Sean

    Such a sad loss.

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  8. supermanvenom

    very sad.

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  9. Jay.A.Ottley

    R.I.P Mr Clark

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  10. CelluloidDreams

    Do not grieve at the passing of mortality, for life's but a thing of terrible gravity. And the planets gravitate around you,and the stars shall dance about you, and the angels in heaven adore you,and the saints all stand and applaud you.

    So faraway,so faraway and yet so close.

    Nick Cave, "Far Away, So Close"

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  11. SherlockHolmes2009

    Damn what a shame

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