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Dick Clark

Dead at 82

'Massive Heart Attack'

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

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.


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."

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

865 days ago


so sad :(

865 days ago


Who cares, the man was a phoney.

865 days ago

fazal Muneer    

R.I.P. very sad news

865 days ago

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?

865 days ago


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

865 days ago


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.

865 days ago

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.

865 days ago


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

865 days ago


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

865 days ago


All the good ones are leaving us :(.

865 days ago


RIP Dick Clark

865 days ago


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

865 days ago

Pam Andrews    

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

865 days ago


One of my fondest childhood memories is my sister making a concoction of egg whites and honey, both of us smearing it on our face and then going into the living room to watch American Bandstand while we lay on the floor with our legs up on the chairs.

865 days ago
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