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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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445 COMMENTS

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marge    

oh, crap, the Mayans were right! No more New Years!!!!

832 days ago
272.

SARAH HENRY    

Heaven is rockin now! rip Dick and prayers to his loved ones!

832 days ago
273.

Justme    

RIP Dick you were the last of the Classy ones!

832 days ago
274.

matt    

Gonna miss Clark and his New Years show!

832 days ago
275.

Mister Big    

A good man. A little bit of American pop culture died today.

832 days ago
276.

thedubs    

5..4...3...2...1..Nappy Dew Mear!

832 days ago
277.

abe    

I'll miss his unintelligible gibberish on New Year's Eve, trying to countdown from 10 to 1 but failing painfully.

x

832 days ago
278.

DIANE     

no it can't be, he is the oldest teenager and will live in our hearts forever

832 days ago
279.

Melinda    

How very sad :( I grew up with him every New Year's Eve

832 days ago
280.

MIKE    

YOU WILL BE MISSED!

832 days ago
281.

TT    

R.I.P.
Your family and friends will be in my prayers!

832 days ago
282.

melinda     

Ive always loved Dick Clark!! As a little girl growing up in the 60s and 70s when he hosted American Bandstand till New Years Rockin Eve!! Hes going to be sadly missed by millions!!

832 days ago
283.

cathy    

im such a big fan mr clark,im 39 my dad always made me egnoledge hoo u were may god now noes that he has an angel in heaven i will miss u but very much god bless the family hope every1 know that the lord made a call 4u so sorry n sad r.i.p

832 days ago
284.

Rose Petito    

OMG HOW SAD, THE OLDEST TEENAGER HAS GONE, LIFE WILL NEVER B THE SAME WITHOUT HIM, ROCKIN EVE ETC BLESS HIS SOUL

832 days ago
285.

WG    

So sad. New Year's Eve will not be the same without him. R.I.P. Dick

832 days ago
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