Dick Clark nick-named as America’s oldest teenager died today due to a massive heart attack. He was 82. Dick Clark will always be remembered as the man who introduced Madonna to the world. He has also done a show with Jacksons 5 in which he interviewed Michal Jackson, the King of Pop.
Dick Clark — famed TV producer and “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” host — died from a massive heart attack this morning.
Clark’s rep tells TMZ, the TV icon had been in St. John’s hospital in L.A. after undergoing an outpatient procedure last night. Clark suffered the “massive” heart attack following the procedure. Attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.
Clark’s health had been on the decline since he suffered a significant stroke in 2004 — forcing him to retire from his hosting gig at “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” which he created in 1972. Ryan Seacrest took over in 2006. Dick has appeared on the show sporadically ever since. His final appearance was in 2011.
Months before suffering a stroke, Clark told Larry King he also suffered from Type 2 diabetes.
Clark got his first big break in 1956, hosting what was called “Bob Horn’s Bandstand” … what would later be renamed “American Bandstand.” Clark continued to host and produce “American Bandstand” until 1989.
Dick hosted Miss USA from 1989-1993 — and Miss Universe 1990-1993.
In addition, Clark also hosted a bunch of game shows — like “Pyramid,” “Scattergories,” “The Challengers,” and many more.
Clark had been inducted into practically every hall of fame on the planet — including the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame.
Clark had also received a total of 5 Emmy Awards for his work, as well as a Peabody Award. One Emmy was a lifetime achievement award.
Clark was married 3 times — and has 3 children from his first two marriages. He is survived by his current wife Kari Wigton.
“For now, Dick Clark … so long.”
There will be no public funeral, Dick Clark’s rep has told TMZ.
Scores of reactions are being tweeted and posted in the internet by celebrities as they remember the legendary Dick Clark.