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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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Alison S    

There are a lot of hearts breaking around the world as this sad news spreads. You will be truly missed my friend. Thank you for everything you have done, I will miss you my friend. Go in peace,you are a wonderful addition the the angelic course.

884 days ago
167.

Cashmere    

I declare a moratorium on people dying! Silly, I know. Mr. Clark, dance with the angles, you will be missed.

884 days ago
168.

rdhmommy    

RIP Dick Clark. You will truly be missed. Thank you for all you have done in the entertainment world..:)

884 days ago
169.

Melissa    

My heart is broken, we will TRULY MISS him and his couragous spirit. At least now he's no longer suffering from diabetes and his other health problems. For now, so long Dick Clark!! :((

884 days ago
170.

LINDA    

SO VERY SAD TO SEE HIM GO.....WE WILL LOVE YOU FOREVER DICK!! XOXOXOXOXOXO

884 days ago
171.

Louis II    

Sad day, thanks for the memories. What a career you had Bob. RIP God Bless

884 days ago
172.

Michael Chamelion    

Class Act!! One of the last ones

884 days ago
173.

cass    

I have known no other man to host New Years eve for me every year.

R.I.P.

884 days ago
174.

Bud    

R.I.P. Dick!
You will be sorely missed ol' buddy :(

884 days ago
175.

brian    

God Bless him and his family. He was an incredible passionate part of our culture. We shall soon never forget...........

884 days ago
176.

Kukemo    

RIP Mr. Clark. As I kid, I thought I was so cool watching American Bandstand & dancing like kids on TV.

884 days ago
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ravharpug    

The good news is that he's still going to do the New Years Eve special and you won't see alot of changes.

884 days ago
178.

Jim     

Tv will never be the same without him. My heart goes out to his family. I grew up watching American Bandstand. He was an Icon for so many of us in that era. R.I.P Dick.<3

884 days ago
179.

Maverick    

RIP to a legend who did such a wonderful job entertaining America, yet, with all due respect, should have stayed out of the limelight when he lost his speech.

884 days ago
180.

LIsa    

Sad! RIP!

884 days ago
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