Very, very sad news to pass along today … music legend Dick Clark has died. After struggling with health issues for the past few years stemming from a fairly serious stroke, it is being reported that Clark passed away this morning after he suffered a massive heart attack … he was 82. News of his death is new so there aren’t very many details … one thing’s for sure, tho, Clark’s death will have a huge impact on all of those who love music. Read on for all the known deets and please join me in saying our goodbyes.
Dick Clark — famed TV producer, and “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” host — died from a massive heart attack this morning … TMZ has learned. 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 was 82. 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 Years’ Rockin’ Eve,” which he created in 1972. Ryan Seacrest took over in 2006. Dick has appeared on the show sporadically ever since. Before suffering a stroke, Clark told Larry King he also suffered from Type 2 diabetes. Clark was married 3 times — and has 3 children from his first two marriages. He is survived by his current wife Kari Wigton.
It’s impossible to adequately describe Dick Clark’s contribution to music and modern pop culture. Everything that we know and love about pop music has been shaped by Dick Clark’s influence. Most of you young’ns may only know Dick Clark from his New Year’s Rockin’ Eve shows but his influence on music goes way back. In the days before MTV, back when TV was still brand new, Dick Clark hosted American Bandstand … a show that introduced the world to up and coming new acts on television. This was a revolution for popular music. American Bandstand lasted until the 80s so I was fortunate enough to be able to enjoy the show with Clark as host. Man. I know that many won’t be surprised by this news, considering how ill he has been in the past few years but … it’s still very sad. My thoughts and prayers go out to Dick Clark’s family … and to music fans everywhere who will mourn his loss. We lost a music and pop culture legend today. He will be sorely missed.