Dick Clark Has Passed Away At 82

The Music Icon Succumbed to a Massive Heart Attack :(

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.

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  1. ClaireMichelle

    This is so sad. :( New Years Eve will not be the same this year. He will be so missed.

  2. nicole

    So sad. There will never be another Dick Clark

  3. dora

    : ( ””””’

  4. Joe E

    Dick Clark will truely be missed by all who grew up with American Band Stand as I did. Thank you Mr. Clark for introduceing me to music. I recall just about all the stars that was made on your show. And the times you would introduce new song that were on 45′s, and you would have your studio audeance dance to them, and after you would ask them to rate them. I grew up dancing to Chubby Checker and the twist, Freddy Fender, and all the great others.As freddy Fender once said VIA CON DIOS MI AMIGO.

  5. He really is an icon in the music industry..I’m surprised at how sad this news has made me..He will be missed..

  6. Amarie

    There goes a piece of my childhood :( I knew he didn’t have very long left and NYE just isn’t the same without Mr. Clark. R.I.P

  7. Ashley

    My mom told me about his death and it made me sad!

  8. I used to love to watch reruns of the Pyramid game show on GSN. There will never be another one like him :(

  9. rOXy

    A big new bright star will be in the sky tonight. RIP Mr. Clark. I mourn your passing. Prayers to the family.

  10. yoga girl

    rest sweetly, dear soul.

  11. Very sad. Rest in peace!

  12. Lynne

    I was introduced to Dick Clark/American Bandstand by the show American Dreams. Anyone remember that show from the early 2000′s? I always loved watching his New Year’s Eve show too.
    R.I.P. Dick Clark.

  13. Jessicagiovanna

    Very sad news.. I tried to describe to my south american husband who Mr. Clark was and all I could say was American Bandstand , Pyramid, and New Years.. But he was so much more.. we lost a piece of America.. He was an icon.. sad times :(

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