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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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Glenda in Texas    

Rest in peace, Mr. Clark. Love the video with little Michael. :)

886 days ago


aw this is so sad news dick clark has died today i will miss him dearly and new years eve will never be the same anymore because i liked watching dick clark on tv in new years eve

886 days ago

Chris Cummings    

WOW !!!!!! Rest in peace Mr. Dick Clark, you are truely one of the greatest. When i was a little boy growing up in Georgia, we didnt have much but we did have Dick Clarks American Bandstand. And that show prooved to me that dreams do come true. He made i feet feel the beat and our movin feel the groovin. Dick Clark youre the greatest, And you will truely be missed. I Love You Dick Clark< Chris ***mings, Brooklyn, New York ..........

886 days ago


R.I.P to dick clark i know him when my dad work for him at his restront it was called @DickClarksamericanbandstand

886 days ago


Every day after school I would rush home to watch American Bandstand and Dick Clark. He will be missed because he stood for so many of the values that have disappeared in today's television and music. It wasn't was just wonderful music with a wonderful man who never said one unlike word about anyone. All the goodness that America use to stand for is dying and he is the example of that.

886 days ago

c smith    

Does anyone know what procedure he was having when he died?

886 days ago


No question about it Clark was a promoter, but he never forgot that first and foremost the celebrity he needed to promote was his own. Consequently he made sure, using the vehicle he called DC Productions, that he always got some television face time.

886 days ago


Dick Clark was clearly an icon of the baby boomer generation. When we talk about the idlylic era of the 50's and 60's, Dick Clark's persona immediately comes to mind. That is his legacy.

886 days ago

linda forsythe    

loved dick clark! watche american bandstand, specials new years eve, will not be the same,one of the best!

886 days ago

Dennis Johnson    

I worked for DCP back in the late 60's and early 70'sDick was a good guy........RIP DICK.

886 days ago


Don't worry, they'll still probably prop him up and use him as a Hand-Puppet for the New Years Countdown!!!

886 days ago


I grew up with Mr. Clark watching American Bandstand. And God Bless him, his looks never changed......

886 days ago

sue mrithujayan    

he came , he lived, he rocked every one us.. at the time he is going to heaven but left with all the voice of love n happiness for us to remember .....the legend of entertainment history.

886 days ago


my arrival in the United States stood out with the TV programs I learned to know. You were one of them I loved to watch.....You were one Classy Men....

886 days ago
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