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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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Denver    

Thank you Mr Clark for Bandstand and New Years Rockin Eve. Without you, December 31st will be "just another New Year's eve"..

833 days ago
17.

Phreaky    

RIP

833 days ago
18.

Abe    

**** died several years ago but nobody told him.

x

833 days ago
19.

rhode    

Hell, that just ruined my day. And I was at the lotto party for the Mega winner in town earlier.

833 days ago
20.

Mary    

RIP Dick Clark, I still remember American Bandstand, New Years Eve, will be missed.

833 days ago
21.

nachomama    

Simpler days...simpler times. rip Mr. Clark

833 days ago
22.

Mark    

Well, someone already referenced this on Wikipedia, so it must be true!

833 days ago
23.

tiny    

Yet another one, how sad..Gonna miss you Dick Clark

833 days ago
24.

Harvey's Shirt    

R.I.P. Mr. Clark...

833 days ago
25.

Jacqui    

New Year's Eve will NEVER EVER be the same! RIP Dick Clark!

833 days ago
26.

Rod Harrell    

Dick Clark has been a staple of America for decades...only had positive influence in the industry...he will be missed. RIP Dick Clark.

833 days ago
27.

indigoblue    

RIP Dear friend.. I grew up with you, danced with you.. Let the music play!! Our prayers to his family.. So long, for now Dick.

833 days ago
28.

Suzy B.    

A very BIG LOSS... God Bless!

833 days ago
29.

Majestik    

R.I.P. Mr. Clark, I miss my childhood watching American Bandstand every Saturday. A true legend of our times.

833 days ago
30.

Annonymous    

This is a very sad day in my life. He has been there forever. I would watch American Bandstand because I loved the music and him. Also Dick Clark's Rockin New Year's Eve. My condolences to his entire family, and the world who loved him will be thinking of you and keeping you in our prayers.

833 days ago
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