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Dick Clark

Dead at 82

'Massive Heart Attack'

4/18/2012 3:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Dick Clark has died.
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.

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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."

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5:20 PM PT: Dick Clark's rep tells TMZ, there will be NO public funeral. In lieu of flowers, Dick's family asks that donations be made to the National Parkinson’s Foundation based in Miami.

Ryan Seacrest
just tweeted, writing, "I am deeply saddened by the loss of my dear friend Dick Clark. He has truly been one of the greatest influences in my life."

Donny Osmond tells us, "The industry lost a legend today, but I feel like I've lost a very close friend. Dick was a mentor to me."

The President of Miss Universe Paula Shugart -- who started working for Dick Clark Productions in 1985 -- tells TMZ, Dick "gave me my first break in TV. His death is hitting all of us hard."

The Internet's EXPLODING with reactions from celebrities -- click here for live updates.

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151.

Denver    

And really, now that the man is gone, why call it New Year's Rockin Eve? It stopped being that years ago with the inclusion of hip hop and rap. The top 100 list of "best" NYRE performances was a joke that he obviously had no hand in. Let it rest with it's creator. Black Eyed Peas were on the list twice! Nuff said.

920 days ago
152.

Anna Holton    

MAY YOU R.I.P. DICK CLARK! MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO FAMILY AND FRIENDS...

920 days ago
153.

Rosemary    

I remember rushing home from schoolin the late 50's to watch American Bandstand. My mom already had it on!
RIP Dick Clark..you wre a television icon.

920 days ago
154.

Jay S    

Another part of our Baby Boomer heritage gone. But I'm sure Dick will be hosting Heavenly Bandstand up there. RIP Dick. Rock on!

920 days ago
155.

3Storms    

His head will be preserved in a jar so he could continue to work 1000 years from now

920 days ago
156.

Patsy    

Sad took his picture at New Years from tv to remember just SAD

920 days ago
157.

RUKidding    

You can dress Ryan Seacrest up in a nice outfit,

But he will never be Dick Clark, the one and only!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rock on my dear friend, rock on.

920 days ago
158.

valleyboy1    

that was television....

920 days ago
159.

janet    

RIP. We lost a true ICON.

920 days ago
160.

sean    

finally...

920 days ago
161.

deanna    

I watched American Band Stand as a kid and went to the Dick Clark Shower of Stars as a pre teen and teenager. Mtr. Clark would bring in six or eight current rock stars, and the tickets were so reasonable. You added much joy to my youth. Thank you for wonderful memories, Mr. Clark. May you rest in peace.

920 days ago
162.

Who Knew    

He was a great person, RIP. Please don't censure this comment TMZ.

920 days ago
163.

lloydd6    

Dick is not such a cool name here in England,, prob should have changed that

920 days ago
164.

Jay    

RIP Mr. Clark. He to me was one of Hollywood's greatest.

920 days ago
165.

Jamie    

Rest in Peace Dick! I love you and will always remember you. I've had a lot of New Years Eve's watching you do your thing from Times Square! You were the best host! Ryan dont even compare to you!

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