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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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Well my heart is broken. We lost a true music icon. Every single Sat. growing up he would come standing behind his podium and mic. I always wanted to see who his guest were and New Year's Eve without him is not the same. GOD BLESS HIM, ONLY ONE DICK CLARK and he made us all happy. Truly missed. All the music icons are going from Soul Train To Bandstand. So sad in my heart.

920 days ago

G. Harris    

REST IN PEACE Mr. Clark. We will never forget your contribution to rock-n-roll!

920 days ago


RIP, very sad day!

920 days ago


I am so sad to hear this. He will be dearly missed.

920 days ago

great granny    

My heart is broken for the family, friends and fans of Mr. Dick Clark. He was the man back in the day. American Bandstand was a must to watch. You will be missed. RIP

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920 days ago

Donnita Pearson-Cottman    

My heart goes out to the family. And we'll definitely miss you.

920 days ago


Exactly what is a "massive heart attack"? Doesn't anyone ever have just a plain old heart attack anymore? Guess everything has to be supersized nowadays.

920 days ago


Had a good beat and was easy to dance to... I give it a 95. Those of you as old as I will understand. RIP Mr. Clark.

920 days ago


RIP Mr Clark. We'll miss you.

920 days ago

Lost In The Sixtys    

Very sad day for the music world. A true icon of entertainment. You'll be sadly missed,but the memories you have left us will last through eternity. R.I.P. Mr Clark,Godspeed

920 days ago


I loved you Mr D ick Clark were an inspiration and a joy to watch on AB................

920 days ago


Ahh...another TV and radio legend we have lost. So sad to hear this news. RIP Dick...Ohio loves you! Sympathy to his family & closest friends.

920 days ago

Pat Van Alders    

Such A Wonderful Wonderful ICON In Rock & Roll - In Fact He Was THE KING OF ROCK & ROLL TV! R.I.P.----The World's Oldest Teenager!

920 days ago


I can't believe it. VERY sad day. My best friend and I used to watch A.B. every week. We'd dance around...pretend we were on the show. He'll be missed. RIP Mr. Clark.

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