Dick Clark Dies of Massive Heart Attack at 82
Longtime “American Bandstand” — and “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” — host and TV producer Dick Clark died this morning. He was 82.
Clark’s agent Paul Shefrin released a statement that the veteran host died this morning following a “massive heart attack.” TMZ reports that America’s oldest teenager had been in St. John’s hospital in L.A. after undergoing an outpatient procedure last night.
Clark was famous for introducing new talent to America on “American Bandstand ” and throwing the biggest party on New Years Eve. He also hosted “Pyramid.”
Clark suffered a significant stroke in 2004 which left his speech ability impaired forcing him to retire from hosting the New Years Eve extravaganza in Times Square. He created the show in 1972, which has since become a tradition.
Clark has been married 3 times — and has 3 children from his first two marriages. He is survived by his current wife Kari Wigton.
RIP…”For now, Dick Clark…so long.”