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Dick Clark Death Certificate

Prostate Surgery

Before Heart Attack

4/23/2012 8:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Dick Clark Death Certificate
Dick Clark underwent prostate surgery the day before he died from a heart attack ... this according to the death certificate obtained by TMZ.

According to the death certificate, doctors performed a transurethral resection of the prostate for benign prostatic hyperplasia on April 17. The procedure is usually performed when the prostate is so enlarged, it makes it extremely difficult to urinate.

The certificate shows ... Clark died from acute myocardial infarction -- the technical term for a heart attack. He also suffered from coronary artery disease.

The document also notes that Clark suffered from acute urinary retention -- a condition caused by a  benign prostatic hyperplasia ... which is why he underwent surgery on the 17th.

TMZ broke the story ... Clark died from a massive heart attack at St. John's Hospital in Santa Monica on April 18.  He was 82.

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33 COMMENTS

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1.

JR    

Dear TMZ,
I know you like to tell us Everything, but this wasn't necessary. Let us have our memories of Dick Clark without the prostate info. Maybe some filters would do some good, Harvey.
Thanks!

823 days ago
2.

r2s    

My mother didn't make ANY money on the net last week and I don't have ANY Nike shoes to sell you off of my website but i DO think that DIck Clark was a LEGEND and will be missed by MANY. RIP Sir.

823 days ago
3.

Truth    

DUDE LIVED A LONG LIFE... NEXT! #TRUTH!!

823 days ago
4.

Jim    

Not even in death can TMZ leave anyone alone. We don't need to see, much less know every detail of someone's death or their PERSONAL health issues, and it becomes even more disgusting when it is someone famous. Sickening, TMZ. Sickening.

823 days ago
5.

CD    

TMZ is a bunch of dirty vultures.

823 days ago
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dd    

So unnecessary he's been in poor health for years and it's part of the aging process.

823 days ago
7.

internetfavs    

he was an icon!

823 days ago
8.

Gretel    

Somehow I can see the juvenile-minded copy folks you have here snickering and giggling as they posted this one.

That was unnecessary.

823 days ago
9.

CloBird    

Surgery often leads to clots being released through the arteries causing heart attack or stroke, or both.
The doctors thought that Dick Clark was healthy enough to go through the surgery. That Clark had arteriosclerosis was something that should have been kept in mind.

823 days ago
10.

Different Rules Apply    

TMZ, publishing the details of this surgery is in very POOR TASTE. Not impressed. R.I.P. Mr. Clark, I refused to continue reading when I realized what they had posted here, sorry for them for having ZERO class.

823 days ago
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Politico Pablo    

Anyone age 80, or older, needs to really question any type of surgical procedure when drugs can be used to alleviated the condition.

823 days ago
12.

not surprised    

Dick Clark was a man who lived his life with dignity and class, he never would have thought this information was something to post on an internet site for the world to see. It's sad that today people can't even get peace in death. This information is private and should not be relevant to anyone but his family. TMZ you stoop lower and lower every day, leave this man alone and let him RIP.

823 days ago
13.

shopperben    

its seems that getting any kind of surgery when your elderly, can be fatal. look what happened to andy rooney. but i really wonder if it was the simple surgery that did him in or a mis calculation of the anesthesia?

823 days ago
14.

Litesout    

A body can go thru much stress when it comes to any kind of surgery! Especially if you're older and not as healthery as one could be.Avoid it!
The poor guy couldn't take anymore...doctors don't always know what's best!...

823 days ago
15.

Litesout    

Any kind of surgery can put undo stress on a body! Avoid any kind surgery as much as possible! Especially if you're older and perhaps not as healthy as you should be!

823 days ago
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