'America's oldest teen' Dick Clark dies
By Alan Duke, CNN
updated 5:44 PM EDT, Wed April 18, 2012
Los Angeles (CNN) -- Broadcast icon Dick Clark, the creator and longtime host of "American Bandstand," has died, publicist Paul Shefrin said. He was 82.
Clark suffered a heart attack while at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica for an outpatient procedure, his publicist said. "Attempts to resuscitate were unsuccessful."
Clark suffered what was then described as "a mild stroke" in December 2004, just months after announcing he had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.
That stroke forced Clark to cut back on his on-camera work, including giving up the hosting duties for the "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve" specials. He returned as a co-host with Ryan Seacrest on December 31, 2005.
Clark anguished each year over whether to continue appearing on the annual show because of limitations on his speech from the stroke, U.S. Rep. David Drier, a longtime friend, told CNN Wednesday.
"But then he would get deluged by people who were stroke victims and other people who had infirmities and they were such admirers of his fighting spirit," said Drier, R-California.
Clark appeared on the last show for New Year's Eve 2011.
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"He loved it, but at the same time he knew that his continued diligence was providing inspiration to a lot of people who were going through difficulties, facing infirmities themselves," Drier said.
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Seacrest gave a statement to CNN Wednesday expressing deep sadness for "the loss of my dear friend Dick Clark."
"He has truly been one of the greatest influences in my life," Seacrest said. "I idolized him from the start, and I was graced early on in my career with his generous advice and counsel. When I joined his show in 2006, it was a dream come true to work with him every New Year's Eve for the last 6 years."
Seacrest called Clark "smart, charming, funny and always a true gentleman."
"I learned a great deal from him, and I'll always be indebted to him for his faith and support of me," he said. "He was a remarkable host and businessman and left a rich legacy to television audiences around the world. We will all miss him."
His "American Bandstand" work, which he began as a local TV show in Philadelphia in 1956, earned him the nickname "America's oldest living teenager." The show was picked up by ABC and broadcast nationally a year later.
"Only God is responsible for making more stars than Dick Clark," said singer Tony Orlando, who was 16 when he first appeared on Clark's show in 1961.
"You had to go through the world and universe of Dick Clark in order to part of the record business," Orlando said.
Born Richard Wagstaff Clark in Mount Vernon, New York, on November 30, 1929, he began his broadcast career working at a radio station managed by his father.
Clark, who was married three times, is survived by his wife, Kari, two sons and a daughter.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted Clark in its nonperformer category in 1993.
Clark also hosted numerous other television favorites including "$25,000 Pyramid" and "TV's Bloopers and Practical Jokes."
"This guy was the best," said singer Freddy Cannon, who appeared on "American Bandstand" 110 times. "He helped me from the very bottom of my career all through the '80s and the '90s, and he's going to be missed a lot."
Clark's passing follows by less than three months the death of another TV dance show icon, Don Cornelius, the creator of "Soul Train." Cornelius was found dead of what authorities said was a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Los Angeles on February 1. He was 75.
Dick Clark Dead of a Heart Attack – Celebrities and Twitter Community React
By: TheFW Staff |
Dick Clark, the iconic television producer and host of 'New Year's Rockin' Eve' and 'American Bandstand,' died from a reported heart attack on Wednesday. The news of his death came as a shock to the American public, and many celebrities and Clark fans sent their condolences out on Twitter.
David Boreanaz (@David_Boreanaz): R.I.P. Dick Clark. New Years Eve will never be the same.
Hayley from Paramore (@yelyahwilliams): RIP Dick Clark. Will think of you every NYE.
Clint Black (@Clint_Black): We've lost one of the greatest men in show biz. #Dick Clark will be remembered with the utmost admiration and affection.
josh groban (@joshgroban): RIP Dick
yvette nicole brown (@yvettenbrown): Heartbroken #NothingElseToSay @GMA: Dick Clark is dead at the age of 82 following a massive heart attack.
HANSON (@hansonmusic): Personal Note: Dick Clark produced a TV special for us back in 1997. I am very proud of the acoustic performance from that show. -ISAAC
Times Square (@TimesSquareNYC): We are absolutely heartbroken.One of our favorite people, and a Times Square New Year’s Eve icon, Dick Clark has passed away at age 82. #SAD
Harvey Levin (@HarveyLevinTMZ): Dick Clark was one of a kind … he built an empire in the TV glory day. He was an amazing producer and host..and he was immensely creative.
Shanna Moakler (@ShannaMoakler): I will Miss you Dick Clark, It was a honor to be interviewed by you at #MissTeenUSA you will be so missed. xoxo
Cesar Millan (@cesarmillan): My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Dick Clark, a fellow dog lover and an entertainment legend.
Johnny Tillotson (@JohnnyTillotson): My friend Dick Clark has passed away this morning. What a great guy. I loved him.. May you rest well in Heaven Dick. Johnny
Snoop Dogg (@SnoopDogg): REST IN PEACE to the DICK CLARK!! U were pioneer n a good man!! Thank u sir
Andy Carvin (@acarvin): “If you want to stay young looking, pick your parents very carefully.” – Dick Clark #RIP
Liz Mair (@LizMair): I admired Dick Clark for his sustained work ethic and for showing people that illness/disability not really disabling.
Steven Portnoy (@stevenportnoy): The man didn't invent entertainment TV, but he perfected it, with his hand in everything from music to game shows. RIP, Dick Clark. So long.
Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton): So proud I had the chance to shake hands with Dick Clark in my lifetime… Great man..
Dane Cook (@danecook): Rest in peace Mr. Dick Clark. Thank you for new years and new years of class, positivity & entertainment.
Melissa Rivers (@MelRivers): Sorry to hear about the passing of Dick Clark, he was truly a revolutionary in our business.
Ryan Seacrest (@RyanSeacrest): I am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend Dick Clark. He has truly been one of the greatest influences in my life.
Danny Bonaduce (@TheDoochMan): You may remember Dick Clark as the world's oldest living teenager. I'll remember him as the man who beat me in a pushup contest – he was 74.