Dick Clark dead at 82 | News


Once dubbed “the world’s oldest teenager” due to his seeming inability to age, famed American television producer and personality Dick Clark died earlier today after a “massive heart attack,” according to reports. He was 82.

Clark got his big break hosting music performance and dance program American Bandstand in 1957, a year after it premiered. The show ran for 30 years, becoming one of the longest-running programs in the history of American television. He parlayed the show’s success into his own production company, Dick Clark Productions, which eventually took over Bandstand and launched several other popular programs including a game show called $25,000 Pyramid and dance competition show So You Think You Can Dance?. His company also produced several awards shows, including the American Music Awards, the Golden Globes and the Academy of Country Music Awards.

Clark’s television appearances became more scant as years passed, but he could always be see on December 31 as he hosted his celebrated New Year’s Rockin Eve special every year from its 1974 inception until 2004, when he had a stroke that left him partially paralyzed and unable to speak. Fellow television producer Ryan Seacrest (Keeping Up With the Kardashians) began hosting the program in 2005, with Clark making a brief appearance in subsequent years to address viewers and revelers in attendance.

Clark leaves behind a wife and three children.