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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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R Lamar    

nice guy will be missed.

728 days ago
287.

Todd     

Tragic....Goodbye my friend. Entertainment will never be the same without you.

728 days ago
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angela    

so sad :(

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289.

Cal    

Who cares, the man was a phoney.

728 days ago
290.

fazal Muneer    

R.I.P. very sad news

728 days ago
291.

JD Wohlever    

D.C, you will be missed. You brought me 35 of my 39 New Year's countdowns. Rest In Peace my ageless friend :( 2013 New Year's celebration should be dedicated to Dick Clark. Who's with me?

728 days ago
292.

liz    

r.i.p mr. clark. the world lost a special person. new year eve & american bandstand will never be the same.

728 days ago
293.

harry    

Another passing that brings to an end the greatest era of American music. Dick Clark was an Icon for R&R going back to when I was a kid. To you Dick...G/d Bless and G/dspeed! And Thanks for the memories.

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Alva Mayo    

So very sorry to hear of Dick Clark's sudden passing. Will miss him. I grew up with Dick Clark. In my teens I danced and sang with to the music in the Dick Clark show every afternoon after school. RIP Dick Clark.

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295.

Richard    

GOD BLESS YOU DICK CLARK! You will be in my prayers and I will NEVER forget you!

728 days ago
296.

JoAnn    

my condolences to his family he really made new years spechel for so many years he truely was a gift.

728 days ago
297.

Susan    

All the good ones are leaving us :(.

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298.

Robert    

RIP Dick Clark

728 days ago
299.

Diana    

WOW American bandstand was great as long as everything else he did
rip and thank you

728 days ago
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Pam Andrews    

How can you write tears here. Words are not enough. It is like the death of my childhood.

728 days ago
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