Dick Clark: 1929-2012

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Dick Clark: 1929-2012

Dick Clark, famous TV producer, New Year’s Rockin’ Eve and American Bandstand host, died today. Reports from The Associated Press said the death was caused by a massive heart attack. The death was confirmed by Clark’s publicist.

Clark was 82 when he died in L.A.’s St. John’s hospital. He was receiving an outpatient procedure and suffered the heart attack after the procedure. He was not able to be resuscitated.

In 2004, Clark suffered from a stroke, which led him to quit his decades-long hosting duties on “New Year’s Rocking Eve”, but the host still showed up occasionally throughout the years.

Clark became the host of many popular television shows including American Bandstand and game show Pyramid and also worked in radio. Clark had earned several Emmy Awards as well as a Peabody Award. He was also inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame.

Clark has been married three times and is survived by his three children from his first two marriages, and his current wife Kari Wigton.