Dick Clark Dead At 82

Rucuss staffApril 18, 2012

Longtime host of American Bandstand Dick Clark died of a massive heart attack Wednesday morning in Los Angeles.

A spokesman for Clark’s family said Clark had a heart attack at Saint John’s hospital in Santa Monica, a day after he was admitted for an outpatient procedure. He was 82.

Clark’s health had been on the decline since he suffered a stroke in 2004. It forced him to retire from hosting the “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” which he created in 1972. Ryan Seacrest took over hosting duties in 2006. Clark mades a few appearances on the show throughout the years with his final one in 2011.

Clark had more than 40 years on television. He was the founder of Dick Clark Productions, supplying movies, game and music shows, beauty contests and more to television. Among his credits were “The $25,000 Pyramid,” “TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes” and the American Music Awards.

Watch his final appearance on the New Year’s Rockin’ Eve below.

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